Education

Submitted by (@mtemple)

Discretionary Funding for College Transition Programs

Colleges and Universities that sponsor or would like to sponsor a transition program for incoming or perspective students with disabilities to their campuses could benefit from applying for discretionary grants that promote universal design. Ideally these programs would include other students without disabilities to reflect the microcosim of higher education and marketing material that invited participation of students ...View full idea »

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Employment

Submitted by (@jlm000)

Joint Chamber and Sec of Commerce Training on Disability Employm

The Sec. of Commerce and US Chamber of Commerce, along with HR magazines and experts, should host a conference for HR & Diversity Directors of companies on how to maximize your profits by successfully hiring people with disabilities who are the right fit for their needs. Top business case studies and the nuts and bolts/"how to's" should be showcased in the media, political speeches and more. When will the President talk ...View full idea »

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Submitted by (@alyssa.klein)

VR funds for work experience

Having paid work experience while in secondary school is one the top indicators of employment success for youth with disabilities after high school. However, there is a lot of angst about whose responsibility it is to provide this. With tight budgets in schools and VR programs, it is hard for any one entity to step forward to take a strong lead. I would love to see specific funding allocations provided to VR programs ...View full idea »

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Health and Human Services

Submitted by (@sandra.beckley)

PROMISE

Please be aware of new PROMISE project by the Dept of Education. Pilot was on Federal Register as of May 21, 2013. Many of these ideas can be used in this grants. This is for 14-17 year old youth with disabilities. The notice can be reviewed at the following Federal Register Web site: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-21/pdf/2013-12083.pdf This is for the whole family and across multiple programs for ...View full idea »

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Education

Submitted by (@jkester)

Transition Competencies

Current OSEP funds long-term training grants to invest in building transition competencies of professionals. There is concern these funds will not be available in the future, which will cause an enormous knowledge gap. How might the federal government address funding this essential program in the future and incentivise building transition competencies at SEA/LEA levels, as well as with VR professionals?

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Submitted by (@jkester)

Youth Development & Youth Leadership

There is a growing movement of "by youth for youth" efforts around youth development and youth leadership groups across the country. While we know both are essential elements to effective youth engagement in transition, along with increased self determination/self advocacy skills, how might we engage in action research to connect the efforts nationally to determine whether there should be a paradigm shift where transition ...View full idea »

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Submitted by (@aepstein)

Transition-related Policies Should Set Higher Expectations

On the behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training Task Force, we offer the following policy principles as a guide in the reauthorization and appropriation processes. Essential Transition Principles for Youth with Disabilities: • Federal and state policy should promote positive transition outcomes including additional education opportunities, competitive integrated employment, ...View full idea »

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Submitted by (@jkester)

Communities of practice: Context to facilitate collaboration

In the business world, there is evidence communities of practice provide a context for collaboration. In recent studies in secondary transition and through the investment in the IDEA Partnership, communities act as vehicles to improve transition practices. How might the federal government expand efforts to implement communities of practice as a strategy to improve transition practices?

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Submitted by (@jkester)

Fragmentation of Transition Services

While we know through many GAO studies there is great fragmentation of transition services across many systems. We also know interagency collaboration is a predictor of post-school outcomes. Because many of the issues tie to legislation and policy, how might the federal depts. make a strategic effort to solicit input on an ongoing basis to identify and potentially address these barriers?

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Social Security

Submitted by (@eichstadtg)

Awareness of the "Section 301" exception

Many SSA employees, teachers, parents, guardians, and recipients do not know that Social Security benefits may continue despite medical improvement when one is participating in a vocational rehabilitation program (VR) or American Indian 121 project. This is the "Section 301" exception. At an age 18 redetermination, students may lose SSI benefits even though they are participating in an IEP or IPE and making progress ...View full idea »

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Education

Submitted by (@lmastand)

involvement in extracurricular activities as part of transition

Children with disabilities aren't often steered to the same activities as their nondisabled peers--athletics, music, drama, debate. Their lives are often focused on therapies and academics, while neglecting the activities that make for a well-rounded individual who has a better chance at pursuing postsecondary education.

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Submitted by (@jlmcnayr)

Falling through the Cracks

I think it is important to overhaul how eligibility for adult services is determined. Having worked in education as a special education teacher and having worked in the VR system as a Voc. Rehab. Counselor, I have seen first hand how many individuals with disabilities fall through the cracks for services. In the VR system, some individuals are too severe to benefit from services. In the mental health system, these ...View full idea »

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