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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)

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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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(@awohl0)

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TEAM Act as a Means for Successful Transtition Outcomes

When the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, other public agencies work closely together early to support and promote the growth and development of youth with significant disabilities, individuals benefit from the coordination of supports that lead to better outcomes. It is critical that systemic changes allow for flexible braiding of resources, coupled with... View full idea »

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(@awohl0)

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Systems Change Grants

Underlying Issues:  There has been no change in post-school outcomes for students with disabilities over a fifteen year period. The sheer numbers of students who transition into sheltered workshops demonstrate that the majority of students have not been prepared for integrated work in their communities or postsecondary education.  Students with significant disabilities are often denied access to general education... View full idea »

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(@livedemocracy)

Employment

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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(@michaelg)

Employment

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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(@heathen753)

Employment

An idea about resolving the Autism / DD Services Gap

The (somewhat) concise part: What's one issue to lack of adult autism / DD providers? A lack of research being done related this demographic group concerns. How that may affect local provider availability and Evidence Based Practices being used? Payers of services are reluctant to pay for non-EBP provisions; fewer ways for providers to be paid; fewer providers willing to set up shop w/o solid and varied payment... View full idea »

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(@mkroner)

Employment

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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(@ceaton)

Employment

Back to basics

As an Employment Specialist and supervisor of a placement department, I am amazed at the number of individuals coming out of high school (and older individuals) who do not have a grasp of the basics needed in order to begin the job search process. It is never too early to have classes in basic job readiness training: 1) Documentation needed (and how to obtain) for job seekers - photo ID, Social Security Number (having... View full idea »

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(@skalkot)

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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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(@joani.werner)

Employment

PASS Plan- pass cadre and awics

PASS plans are a very effective way of helping young people meet their employment goal. More outreach is needed from the SSA PASS cadres and AWICs so they can get the message out to the communities. The community partners would have more effective outcomes if they could actually meet, talk and collaborate with the actual SSA staff(the awic and pass cadre) in the community that make the decision on the PASS plan,

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(@drb220)

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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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(@ecasner)

Employment

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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(@csmith)

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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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(@whitneymohrhauser)

Employment

A new way of Hiring Practices.

For most people with Autism Spectrum Disorder is the Human Resources need to have them maintain some level of social skills. Human Resources rely on three things that make a person recommended for a job. One is the incessant and irrelevant need for Bachelors for an entry level position get rid of it. 2. Is that the Eye contact or social skills should not the only criteria to bar a person from a job. 3. HR needs... View full idea »

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