1. Learning in High School & Beyond

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In Germany and other countries upon graduating children enter that country's military. They learn to work as a group. They also learn transferrable skills. To do this in America would require a cultural shift.. The unity of working as a team. FDR accomplished this with the WPA. There needs to be a collective idea something short of combat training but just as bonding. Combine all the existing social efforts and restructure ...more »

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6. Taking Care of Daily Life & Supports

An Anthem for the Exceptional

“Different ability, not disability”; “Look at the able, not the label”; “Keep telling me what I cannot do; It’ll only make it more interesting when I accomplish it.” These constitute three of many power statements as pillars for anthems that anybody enduring great challenges can express to show their real strength. Those who use them and practice them in their daily lives achieve success and happiness against all odds. ...more »

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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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3. Health & Healthcare Access

Access to medical care

Find out if the doctor's office, exam tables, and diagnostic equipment are physically accessible before you make an appointment. If there is another mode communication needed (e.g. sign language) find out when (not if as they are required) interpreters are available. Make sure the doctors understand your disability in addition to any illness being treated.

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Community/representation

To the extent that people with disabilities are portrayed in the media, most people are white and have a developmental disability. I have epilepsy and am a POC, I've never seen a POC with a disability working a professional job on tv. I'm in law school and don't know of any organizations for people with disabilities in the law. It helps to have role models and know what you aspire to is possible.

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Small Business Training for Students with Special Needs

I propose that school districts / colleges / community centers offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn alongside their peers in small business/business development classes. The rate of unemployment amongst young adults with disabilities may decrease, given the appropriate tools and support in developing a small business plan of their own. Too many people with disabilities remain unemployed after ...more »

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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

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Has anyone really considered the GRE as a barrier to success. If you look at it it's an industry controlled by one company. All of the testing book are produced by the same organization. It's developed to keep persons with disabilities (like myself) from achieving masters and Ph.D. recognitions. When I suffered through this seven hour experience I realized two, it was impossible to study for and second, the odds at blackjack ...more »

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Online internet Resources to Prepare for Work

The internet can be used as a tool that can access resources for anyone removing barrier to access some individuals with disabilities can have. There needs to be well developed websites and web videos about preparation for transition to the workforce. Some examples: How to fill out a job application, How to dress for an interview, How to communicate in a interview etc. There needs to be more internet outreach in all ...more »

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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

A 9-step Process for Exceptional Self-Advocacy

The whole purpose of self-advocacy is to stand up for yourself and take ownership of everything in your life under any circumstance. A philosophy that I recommend for self-advocates of any background, age, etc. is to consistently take inventory of everything that happens in daily life and to dig deep. For example, if a man with Asperger's Syndrome has trouble with relationships, he could conduct some research using ...more »

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

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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