(@kadownes11)

Health and Human Services

Personal Care Services

Currently, millions of people with disabilities need personal care services to live independently. Unfortunately, most of the PCA services are linked to Medicaid, and once people with disabilities become employed, they lose access to the assistance that makes it possible for them to dress, bathe, eat, and be part of the community. I propose a personal care assistant program based on physical needs, not income, because ...View full idea »

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(@zmayer)

Employment

Incentives for businesses to employ individuals w/ disabilities

There are tremendous programs and ideas out there to help serve the special needs community. Companies who employ individuals with special needs should be rewarded for their mission. Employment rates amongst youth with ASD are low and opportunities are minimal. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/09/peds.2011-2864 If companies and programs had tax and monetary incentives to employ those ...View full idea »

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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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(@jwells18)

Education

Incorporate soft skills development throughout all HS coursework

We see a significant gap between the soft skills for employment that students exiting high school are able to demonstrate and the reality of what is expected in today's workforce. Soft skill development should be incorporated throughout the entire secondary education curriculum and further enhanced via practical work experiences in the community. Students exiting high school cannot be successful in the workplace without ...View full idea »

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(@sgunn0)

Education

Teacher Prep in the Area of Transition/Work

Time and time again, as a teacher you hear from fellow teachers, "They never talked about this in my teacher prep courses". It's time that future teachers be given intensive, hands-on, real-life instruction in what life is really like for our students with disabilities after high school, transition services, and what skills/ courses would be the most helpful for the future. This instruction should include ALL levels of ...View full idea »

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(@icyis01)

Social Security

Ability to Save for a Child

As a parent, the responsible thing to do for my daughter is to save money in a college fund for her. However, because she is a minor, the account should legally be in my name. According to current SSI and Medicaid guidelines, I cannot have more than $1500 between my checking and savings account so it is impossible for me to save money for her. Of course, I know there are ways around this but it should not be difficult ...View full idea »

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(@sweir0)

Employment

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) (HR 647/S 313)

The ABLE Act has earned 35 cosponsors in the US Senate and 150 cosponsors in the US House and is being led by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional champions, including: Senator Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX). Under current law, ...View full idea »

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(@dsmit147)

Employment

Disconnect between schools, voc rehab and adult services

As someone who has worked in both the education and rehabilitation services fields, I have observed a serious disconnect between schools doing IEPs/ITPs and the regional VR and adult programs. VR cases should be opened while the student is still in school (Jr and Sr years) and the regional VR counselors assigned should attend IEP/ITP meetings along with an appropriate adult service provider or guidance counselor if student ...View full idea »

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(@aimcayc)

Employment

Transition Skills earlier

I know that transition services do not begin technically before 14-16 years of age, but any lesson at any age can teach transition skills like organization, self-advocacy, goal setting etc. Why wait until it is mandatory?

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(@catohare)

Social Security

Support the family caregivers

It is not an uncommon situation for a parent of a child with a serious and debilitating disability to leave their job to take care of their child in the home. Families in this situation should receive some type of benefit or deduction and receive financial credit for the lost income.

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(@lmastand)

Education

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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(@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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(@skalkot)

Employment

Manadate Recreational Therapy In Schools

Recreational Therapy (RT), is a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, yet, to date, this service is under utilized in the school system. Typically the under utilization is due to lack of awareness of its scope of practice. Recreational Therapists (RTs) are nationally certified/licensed health professionals who provide services aimed at the development of functional skills aimed toward the successful integration ...View full idea »

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