(@santamanwalk)

Health and Human Services

obtaining medical practitioners

New York State Department of Health and its agencies continue to claim to have no knowledge whatsoever of any neurologists, physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and/or speech therapists anywhere in the world, and direct parents and guardians of the disabled that the parents/guardians must seek out any of these which the parents/guardians desire. Also, the NYSDOH and associated agencies continually... View full idea »

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(@ronnieschepis)

Employment

Origination

The Executive function component makes Organizing looking for work getting people to do your resumes and doing recordkeeping for very difficult Nowhere in the support systems that I had while I was in school was I ever given to compensate of tools to either do recordkeeping or to time managing a way that made my life run efficiently at work or in the business sense at home life coaching work transition will make a big... View full idea »

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(@teridoolittle)

Education

Modified Occupational Completion Points in Career Tech Schools

Modified Occupational Completion Points need to be promoted and established in a way that gets public vocational and technical schools paid, and more importantly, not penalized. MOCPs are not allowed in many districts, which leads to exclusion of students with disabilities who may not be perceived as successful "completers" of vocational programs. MOCPs are left to individual districts (at least in our state) to determine... View full idea »

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(@lindall39)

Employment

Navy Sea Cadet

My son was a graduate from the Navy Sea Cadet program from age 13 to 18. He enjoyed being part of a wonderful organization and even considered maybe having it as a career. What was dissappointing is when we contacted a local recruiter and he explained they do not offer accomadations for students with disablities for the entry test into the Navy.

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(@lynntg)

Education

Incentive Ideas

While we shouldn't have to pat our district personnel on the head and say "Good dog!" when they provide our children the APPROPRIATE part of FAPE, it might be nice to give them incentive to do the right thing. Whether this incentive is positive or negative depends on them. But more and more districts are resisting providing the appropriate services, especially to children of the poor and/or uneducated. There are too... View full idea »

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(@mnappo)

Social Security

SSI and private insurance

I have an idea... for those of us who don't qualify for SSI because we make just a bit to much.( we make 75.00 to much) We also have our insurance through work.

I think that if a family doesn't qualify they shouldn't have to pay a deductible at all for the child/person with a disability. This would help the family who need care not have to worry about dishing out money before a procedure or surgery. just a thought..

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(@heulitm)

Employment

Legislation

Until the federal and state government mandates hiring a certain percentage (30%) of persons diagnosed with a mental illness or developmental disability there will be no changes made at meaningful level for this disadvantaged population of students. It is nice to dream but in the United States we even had to make laws to protect children and adults because people need laws to govern behavior. Even with the law children... View full idea »

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(@jon.dunbar)

Employment

Coordinating with Education for FASD-Specific Policies

At the federal level, there is coordination within HHS (NIAAA, CDC, HRSA, CMS, SAMHSA, OJJDP, ACF for example). Even though these efforts are informal, they are productive and have yield important outcomes. We would benefit from having Education and Labor more involved. Perhaps a strategic plan across appropriate agencies addressing the transition needs of youth and young adults with disability would facilitate greater... View full idea »

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(@jon.dunbar)

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Coordinating with Labor for FASD-Specific Policies

At the federal level, there is coordination within HHS (NIAAA, CDC, HRSA, CMS, SAMHSA, OJJDP, ACF for example). Even though these efforts are informal, they are productive and have yield important outcomes. We would benefit from having Education and Labor more involved. Perhaps a strategic plan across appropriate agencies addressing the transition needs of youth and young adults with disability would facilitate greater... View full idea »

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(@m.hhs1)

Health and Human Services

SSI Determinations - Disabilities and Alcohol/Drug Use

SSR 13-2p: TITLES II AND XVI: EVALUATING CASES INVOLVING DRUG ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLISM (DAA) This SSR explains SSA policies on how it considers whether “drug addiction and alcoholism” (DAA) is a contributing factor material to its determination of disability in disability claims and continuing disability reviews. Do you have any comments to share on how this process works with older school-age youth that might have... View full idea »

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(@mkaplowitz)

Employment

Vocational training and job readiness via simulated environments

Flight simulators and similar virtual environments have been used for decades for technical training. Let's develop comparable technologies for CWDs. Children interact with simulated environments all the time in their gaming experiences. These should be applied to fundamental job skills as well as to work-related social/emotional on-the-job experiences. Example: Working in a supermarket, what to do when there is a spill?... View full idea »

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