5. Voting and Community Engagement

Volunteering as a graduation requirement?

Some high schools require community service hours as a requirement for high school graduation. Do you think this should be a requirement?

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Higher Education and Career Paths

I am fairly new to this field, but I've found that many youth and adults with disabilities are either directed to jobs focusing on very menial tasks (cleaning, washing dishes, etc.) or employed in sheltered workshops. While I believe that this is an acceptable option for some individuals, I think that there needs to be more focus early on for students to develop a career path (if deemed appropriate and realistic) and ...more »

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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

All Schools & Companies Must Incorporate All Types of Advocacy

Every school and company in America and around the globe share common loopholes in advocacy matters. When an "unusual" issue arises in a school or company, they typically only turn to the already-established policies for reference in taking "proper" action. In reality, they ought to think with open minds and hearts in a holistic manner and they ought to get all parties involved in the conversations. For example, parents ...more »

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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Behavioral challenges vs. disability

Most of the people classified as special education don't have disabilities, but rather, behavioral challenges. They are taken out of classrooms rather than being given necessary socioemotional supports to learn how to express emotions and deal with frustrations. This is especially challenging for kids who don't see that modeled at home. There is a study happening in Chicago about mindfulness whose implications should ...more »

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From a student in Job Discovery Program via her Instructor

My Student *Z (wishes to remain anonymous) said that she wishes there were more trade/vocational schools that a person with a disability like autism can attend. She is interested in make-up and nail artistry and cannot get a job in the field because she can't get certification She said a certification program that allows people with disabilities to go at a slower pace would benefit those like her who want a job with certifications/licenses. ...more »

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3. Health & Healthcare Access

More Use of Email/Text by Medical Service Providers

It would be great if all medical/mental health service providers could make better use of text and email as a means of contact and appointment making. Talking on the telephone with strangers and navigating complicated voice mail systems make access to services difficult and impossible for many. Just the thought of going through that will cause them to put off needed medical attention.

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Participation in Community Activities

Students with disabilities should be active in activities just like peers. Even "special needs" activities recognize the importance of having peer buddies like Special Olympics, Miracle League, and Challenger Little League

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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

mental health supports

Targeted interventions and supports are needed for children with mental health issues as 50% drop out

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5. Voting and Community Engagement

Using the word disability

I feel like it's time to remove the word disability someone who disability can still live a normal life and get a job how would you feel if someone called you disability?? Think before you speak we are humans too describing someone as disability can really hurt someone feelings

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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Advocacy's Enemy: The 2 Big Roots of All Disability Issues

Ignorance and lack of accountability are ultimately the two major roots of negative influences of any kind in the educational system and the workforce alike. If you think about it, any disability-related issue stems from these two all-important and all-neglectful things. What one person does not understand comes back to victimize (sometimes intentionally, sometimes not) the student or his/her family in some manner. ...more »

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Jobs

We need to provide more job opportunities for people with disabilities.

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Jobs for the disable

There seems to be very little help in finding a job with a disability. I noticed It maybe easier if you live near a big city. If you ate in a small town or city options are limited. Even USAJobs and other places it isn't very easy to find a place willing to give people with disabilities a chance. You can see it in there eyes in the interview. We need more help from the federal and state government to encourage hiring ...more »

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