(@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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(@lleith)

Education

Info on services for families while still in high school

In Colorado, youth who complete high school with a Certificate of Achievement and participated in Special Education classes throughout their entire academic career, are not provided with resources or education about what is available once school is over. I encourage service providers to reach out to schools and let families know of their service options loooooong before their child is close to graduation or has already... View full idea »

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(@vstilwell)

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Teach Personal Organization Skills Starting at 14

Personal organization should be a required essential skill. Teaching the fundamentals for this should begin around 14 years of age and encompass class schedules, routines, and daily living needs.

 

This skill directly builds foundations for self-determination and self-management which are needed for successful transition to adulthood and employment.

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(@jwells18)

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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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(@patsyleec)

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Early IEP parent education

It has been my experience that many parents do not understand in full the IEP process. They often rely on what they are told by educators to make decisions. However, these educators are not looking at the best interest of the child or the law in many cases. Parent educations classes on what and IEP is, how to make an effective one, and what to do when it is not being followed is essential to a students success. Many parents... View full idea »

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(@bpitzele)

Education

ABLE Act

We need higher educational opportunities for young folks. While there has been progress on availability of programs, it can be expensive for many of these folks. Unlike typical peers, those who may need to depend on the social safety net programs cannot save for college in a 529 plan as it would disqualify them for MedicAide and SSI if needed. ABLE Act (currently in both houses with bipartisan support) would fix this.... View full idea »

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(@debbie)

Education

Funding for 18 Plus Programming

School districts are required to provide seamless transition programming for students who have earned their academic credits in age appropriate settings yet it is difficult to do this and maintain funding therefore many programs are still held on the high school campus. Quality transition programs should decrease the students' time in school so that the last day of public school looks like the first day of the rest of... View full idea »

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(@jmpasternak)

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Parents need access to professional advocates

Parents cannot possibly learn all they need to about IDEA, FAPE, IEPs, due process, 504s when their children are young and struggling with school due to possible or diagnosed disabilities. Parents can use technology to learn. Education (eg. MOOCs) is now widely available online for students, why not for parents? We need access to a national network of professional advocates. One idea would be to create a Facebook... View full idea »

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(@lander718)

Education

pre-VR training

I believe that many youth with disabilities do not have the independent living skills needed to be successful in tranisitioning to post-secondary education or work. I would like to see a program specifically developed to teach transition age youth skills in daily living, community travel, technology, and communication offered to every transition youth. They would need to demonstrate certain competencies before they... View full idea »

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(@sgunn0)

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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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(@jannettethomas)

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Executive functioning/ Life skills/Social skills

As a parent I see a great need for 2e students to be able to access life skills, social skills, and executive functioning skills classes regardless of their measured "intellectual" functioning level. I cannot count the number of times that I have been told that my children (ASD/ADHD) should be able to keep a schedule, outline and write a paper, or perform daily living tasks independently simply because they were smart.... View full idea »

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(@cgraham)

Education

Progressive/developmental transition plan

Every SPED student should have a transition plan based on a Functional Vocational Evalaution, Independent Living Skills Assessment and a comprehensive Transition Assessment. A student focused conference should be conviened to bring all parties together (NOT an IEP) and prepare the goals and objectives for a Transition plan directly from the above assessments.

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(@lmastand)

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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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(@brian02)

Education

Liaison for transition

When in school, students with disabilities are afforded a team to help develop a plan helping them to achieve their academic goals. A transition plan is part of an IEP, yet after leaving school parents and students are at the mercy of their state's benefit agencies to obtain services. While an individual case manager might not be appropriate to guide all students through the eligibility process, a liaison familiar with... View full idea »

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