1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Transition Counselor

I think each high school should have a transition counselor(s) similar to the guidance counselors already in most high schools. They would be full-time, available at the school, and aware of both federal, state and local programs. They would be responsible for attending IEP meetings for the students and be a resource for applying for programs (federal, state, and local) as students enter transition age. They could help ...more »

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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Your Right to Say "No"

You have a right to say “No” to any clinician who you believe is not looking out for your best interest. After over a decade in personal self-advocacy, I have come across a number of doctors who have used unethical practices to coerce me to comply with their regime. In those cases, I refused to accept this doctor’s, this someone else’s prescriptions. It took me years of trusting every doctor because I had no better choice, ...more »

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation agencies vary in each state. With new legislation, they are required to begin services with individuals with disabilities as early as 14 years old. At one VR in Georgia, they have implemented Job Club which allows a VR Counselor to come into the high schools in that county. That VR Counselor is responsible for introducing ideas such as budgeting, interviewing skills, do's and don'ts in the work ...more »

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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Inclusive Education = having a better life after school

So many schools are preparing kids to be great group home residents or segregated workshop employment. It is a great disservice and there's data to back up (more inclusion = more employment, independence, community involvement). The first step to quality transition to adult life is access to and participation in a quality general education program. CLOSE ALL CENTER PROGRAMS NOW! If this "continuum " is an option, ...more »

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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Title 130

I've spent four years as a sub para ed in a school district with 13 elementary, 6 middle and 5 high schools. I've worked in DD programs and resource rooms. Pulling a K-6 child out of class to help them with sight words and math helps the child become successful.Otherwise the child could fail and fall behind. If you want to change something forget the way math is taught. I've seena middle school math teacher attempt to ...more »

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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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Title 130

Great urban ideas. If you've ever flown from DC to the west coast all that landscape you cross over is agricultural. Remember some kids may want to learn skills that apply to the family business. Since the Clinton administration the Pell Grant covers the tuition of vocational training. Besides learning vocational skills may assist our young adults if their chosen profession fail them.

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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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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Housing Initiatives & Resources

I am a 25 year old with Muscular Dystrophy. While my disability does cause limits on my life, those limits are not the end of the line for success. I have lived in 5 different states in the last 5 years and the most common issue has been inaccessible housing. In every single situation I have had to compromise my needs to take part in fairly dangerous situations so that I can stay in the state or city I desired to be in. ...more »

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