(@ilka.riddle)

Education

Health as Transition Topic on IEP

Many youth with disabilities also face health issues/chronic health conditions. Health care transition from the pediatric to the adult health care system is often not addressed with youth and their families. Addressing health, health care transition and health care self-management as part of the transition IEP would be very helpful for youth with health issues. Only someone who is healthy/can manage his/her health condition... View full idea »

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(@lynntg)

Education

College Level Services

Yes, many of our kids DO go to college and are successful in that environment. But it's not because they've been provided any services. Most universities and post-secondary education is SERIOUSLY lacking in the services departments. Any post-secondary institution that accepts government money of any kind needs to have available services for all, not just hard copies of notes and extended test time for those with learning... View full idea »

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(@angie4dolls)

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Community College Post Secondary Programs

Community Colleges need to expand and develope two year programs for students with disabilities that focus on a skill based cirriculum: life skills for independent living, job preparation, and include options for training for specific types of jobs. Many post secondary programs are expensive. Community colleges allow for affordable programs and greater accessiblity. It also provides youth with a college experience.

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(@tdelia)

Education

Change the high school graduation requirements

Special needs students need community based instruction while in high school. They need jobs and job training, recreation and leisure experiences, home living experiences, community participation and post secondary training/learning. They cannot learn this while sitting in a classroom. When I taught for 32 years I used the Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scale for all of my students as a guide to make sure they were... View full idea »

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(@catohare)

Education

Support Services in College

We need to begin a disability initiative modeled after the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. This university has reached it's goal of creating an all inclusive higher education environment (regardless of the level of your disability-they TRULY have thought of everything). The option of attending a university like the U of I should be available in this country for every student that desires to live independently... 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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(@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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(@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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