(@catohare)

Employment

Transportation

Transportation, transportation, transportation...need I say more? If a community does not offer adequate public wheelchair transportation options serving individuals with disabilities and their families, then there should be some sort of assistance program to help individuals and their families acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle!

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(@icyis01)

Health and Human Services

Consumer Directed Care

In states like California, Medicaid consumers who qualify for home-health care hours have the option to receive a monetary allotment from the state to pay their caregivers as they see fit. This should be in every state. I should be able to pay my long-term employees more than my trainees because I value that my long-term employees have stayed with me. I also should be able to give bonuses within my allotment when my... View full idea »

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(@eduadvocate)

Education

Accessible Technology is a prothesis not a crutch

Accessible Technology that allows the disabled to perform “tasks that their disability limits” should supersede policy that limits it’s use or considers it’s use invalid. We should treat technology as a prothesis not a crutch, in that we would expect the individual to use it to perform to their potential. With training, many could fully function in school and society, benefiting us all. SWD should be held to the same... View full idea »

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(@bjusti)

Education

Schools, adult services, voc rehab working together

My son recently transitioned out of high school and into adult services and I also work in Employment Services for a adult agency. I feel there is a disconnect between all agencies involved in the transition process. I also feel everyone plays a part in transition NOT working. Schools-no communication with adult agencies, put students with cognitive disabilities into "slot" jobs for 1 hour a week, don't understand adult... View full idea »

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(@sljvmtprices)

Health and Human Services

Maintaining Medical Assistance thru Transition

One of the most aggravating systems to navigate is the application/renewal process for Medical Assistance. When my children moved into their adult years, the amount of hassle and paperwork to keep their Medical Assistance active was overwhelming. There are some disabilities that are simply never going to change. Why then do we have to reapply for Medical Assistance insurance just because they changed in age from... View full idea »

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(@mhartley)

Education

Real Jobs for Students before Graduation/earlier VR

The best outcomes are derived when young people (who are planning for employment after high school) work before they leave high school. Since there are often not enough funds for adequate job services in schools to get kids to work outside, ensure job placement in paying jobs before the end of high school (17-21), with the support of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

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(@heather2)

Employment

Equal Pay Protections under FLSA

Having grown up in the aftermath of IDEA and ADA, I believed that I was living in a much more progressive situation for people with disabilities. I was shocked to learn that under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers may pay individuals with disabilities below the minimum wage. This law was passed in 1938, long before deinstitutionalization and integrated education. Individuals with disabilities deserve equal... View full idea »

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(@catohare)

Education

Standardized testing

There is a huge disconnect between college admissions and students with learning disabilites (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia) who do well in school, but perform poorly on standardized tests, on which college admission decisions are based. Students with these types of learning disabilities should receive some type of tutoring or have some other way of being judged. Test Prep tutoring is expensive.

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(@rmcanlis)

Education

HS Vocational Opportunities

Vocational element is needed for students with disabilities during their Jr. & Sr. years in HS. Hence, students who are not college bound, and cannot receive a standard HS Diploma, can enter the work force with a Certification in various occupations.

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(@briggsew)

Education

Federal student aid

Federal student aid defines a full time college student as one who is taking 12 or more credits. Very often, students with disabilities would benefit from taking a lighter course load - 6 to 9 - while still being considered as a full time student. Our state funding now makes accommodations for this, but the federal funding does not.

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(@nancy.miller)

Education

Educating 504 students about services

Students with IEPs are identified through special education and connected with VR services/transition services. However, schools have different individuals oversee 504 students (counselors, vice prinicipals, etc.) and getting these students referred by the schools has been very problematic. At the high schools I work with IEPs are only given to students with learning disabilities. 504s are for students with other health... View full idea »

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(@jenngarcia)

Education

Transition Class as part of HS Grad Requirement

All students should be required to take a course focusing on transition skills built with units to provide exposure to transition related questions and topics including state agencies, disability awareness, employment possibilities, college readiness, family involvement and support, consumer mathematics, recreation and safety (just to name a few). The idea would be to give our students a strong knowledge base and idea... View full idea »

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(@kellie.lee)

Education

ITP (Individual Transition Plans)

Individual Transition Plans of course are used to write transition goals and objectives for students with disabilities but they should be updated to better reflect the evolving world where jobs and careers require more technological skills and more outside resources other than community agencies can be involved. Also there should be an added section where documentation can be added so that those involved with the transition... View full idea »

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(@aprodriguez)

Education

Transition is a life project

As soon as a disability is identified, a transition plan should be initiated, which should involve parents and siblings. Only by taking immediate, effective action though guided interventions, can a delay be contained so as to minimize the impact such disability will have on school performance. If such plan is begun as close to birth as possible, parents will have greater understanding of their child's needs and will... View full idea »

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