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Self-Employment IS an option

Self-employment for individuals with disabilities has fast become a recognized option. Could two year colleges perhaps offer a course of study, coupled with mentoring, and networking opportunities to spur this employment option that leads to student employment success? Are there incentives for two year colleges to join the cause!

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Volunteer Job Coach Program

Many young people with disabilities could be successful in paying jobs with the right kind of guidance and support, but may have trouble funding a professional job coach. How about organizing a volunteer job coach program similar to how the courts use Guardians ad Litem? Funding could pay for job coach training, background checks, and program administration. Resource-strapped companies would be more likely to hire... View full idea »

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disability lead mentoring programs

Create a program that allows older students with disabilities that have successfully transitioned into college or workforce to mentor younger youth with similar disabilities. This could fulfill SSI or HHS requirements. It is empowering for both the youth and their family to view a successful pathway. Hope is an amazing motivator for all.

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Blended Funding Relating to Transition/Employment

A concerted effort to blend funding and strengthen partnerships relating to transition and employment.

My county has shown tremendous success with a blended funding model that has partnered School Districts, DVR, state and local government and individual employment providers to offer a seamless transition from school to work. Students and parents/guardians are provided direction and resources preparing them for adult... View full idea »

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State/Federal job opportunities

In order to better serve the employment needs for adults with special needs, state and federal agencies should be required to hire as many as possible. After all, if they are partially providing funding, it makes good sense that they should be one of the primary employers to this population. There are so many job opportunities available: could landscape premises, filing, cleaning, mail, and so much more.

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Employer Recognition and Consumer Referral System

An idea for a capitalism based solution:

-87% of consumers would prefer to give their business to companies that hire individuals with disabilities.
-The disabilities market represents $250 billion in discretionary spending.

Create a national recognition program for businesses who employ individuals with disabilities. Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce has something similar already in place:

http://www.slchamber.com/page/sandbox/view/ubet... View full idea »

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Youth Services and 21st Century Skills

Develop youth services models within the workforce development system (inclusive of youth with disabilities) that credential 21st century skills such as website design, mobile technology, and green tech.

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Promote Self-Determination

There is a strong evidence base that students with disabilities who leave school as self-determined young people achieve more positive employment and independent living outcomes. Further, instruction to promote self-determination results in greater academic and transition goal attainment and access to the general education curriculum. There are multiple methods, materials, and strategies that have evidence of their... View full idea »

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Recreational Therapy

Mandate Recreational Therapy in All Schools

Recreational Therapy (RT), although a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, is under utilized in the school system due to ignorance of its scope of practice. RTs are nationally certified/licensed health professionals who provide services aimed at the successful integration of individuals into the community. Because of this ignorance, RT is under prescribed within the school... View full idea »

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Asset-based Career Assessment and Coaching

There is too much focus in the disability employment field on deficits and challenges and not enough on assets and opportunities. Young people need support in focusing on how their assets and strengths can be used for employment and they need coaching to support them in developing and implementing their plans.

Transition staff also need to understand more about the job market and the opportunities that are available... View full idea »

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Transition is more than just school-to-work

Transition is more than just school-to-work. It should also include transition to adult healthcare providers and options for post-secondary education, often not thought of for our kids. However, in addition to using the ADA in college, there's also an excellent website www.thinkcollege.net and programs such as DREAM (Developing Real Expectations for Achieving Mastery) for students with more severe disabilities. The... View full idea »

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School to Work Alliance Program

Since the mid 90's, we have instituted a School to Work Alliance Proogram for students with mild to moderate disabilities that can achieve competitive employment with Job Seeking Skills Training and Job Coaching. This program begins by referral at senior IEP's to the State Division of Vaocational Rehabilitation, Determination of Eligibility, interest inventories through O*Net and College in Colorado to aid in the development... View full idea »

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Create a Special Needs Americorps Program

We need an Americorps-like program for youth with special needs, (ex., youth aging out of foster care, youth with mental health issues). This program would need to offer housing, service learning, skills development and specially trained staff with smaller caseloads. For many youth, employment does not work without housing stability.

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Earlier VR involvement in transition

As North Carolina’s Protection & Advocacy (P&A) program, Disability Rights NC welcomes the opportunity to share our concerns and suggestions relevant to improving transition outcomes for youth with disabilities.

We are concerned about the need for earlier vocational rehabilitation (VR) participation in connection with the school to work transition process for young people with disabilities. It is our belief that... View full idea »

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VR funds for work experience

Having paid work experience while in secondary school is one the top indicators of employment success for youth with disabilities after high school. However, there is a lot of angst about whose responsibility it is to provide this. With tight budgets in schools and VR programs, it is hard for any one entity to step forward to take a strong lead. I would love to see specific funding allocations provided to VR programs... View full idea »

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