1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Systemic Implementation of Universal Design for Learning

Disclosure and self-advocacy are important skills for youth with disabilities to manage, but the reality is that many will go through school and work without requesting the accommodations they need to be successful. To engage all learners (including but not limited to those with disabilities), school personnel, employers, and other caring adults can support the systemic implementation of Universal Design for Learning ...more »

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Here in Washington State standardized testing is used to evaluate teacher performance. This is suppose to weed out inept teachers. What happens is the teachers are teaching the test. Children are not instructed in subjects that lead to nationalism, community involvement, or how our economy works. A lot of the children I've spoken with are sure there is going to be another depression so why bother. I placate their parents ...more »

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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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Remember the idea of children shouldn't drink coffee as their brains are still developing. Why then does p-6 schools test for disabilities at the preschool and kindergarten ages. Testing should be ongoing. Some conditions like discalcula associated with Traumatic Brain Injury does not present until basic algebra or foreign language course work. Once a child begins to fall behind they begin to lose interest in being at ...more »

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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Self-Advocates

This is an easy suggestion. Our school-based advocates need to be preparing those students who are able, to become self-advocates. And if the school is not willing or able due to financial and time constraints. Please contact agencies like Break The Roof at breaktheroof.org to come in and supplement that experience. We need more voices of those with disabilities and less from researchers, doctors, advocates etc. Help ...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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5. Voting and Community Engagement

I voted!

I'm 21. When I was 18, it was time to vote for Obama and Romney. I don't talk and I use a wheelchair. My mom spent several months talking to me about the candidates. We practiced voting by me slapping her right or left hand for the candidate I liked. She would switch hands to trick me (like Obama was right hand sometimes, and left hand sometimes). When she saw that I consistently chose the same candidate every time, ...more »

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6. Taking Care of Daily Life & Supports

Concerns about Individuals with Autism

My concern is that policy wise, the federal government is not adequately prepared to meet the transition needs of young adults with autism. Once a young adult with autism finishes high school there is what I refer to as a "cliff" where there is a lack of availability of high quality home and community based services and supports to help them transition. My last idea applies to what I am saying about Individuals with Autism ...more »

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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Labels are for Jars

I may not be popular in my idea, but I don't believe in disability labels. My name is my label. My parents have never hidden from me that I have disabilities, but they've taught me that I need to talk about my strengths and challenges - things I'm good at and not so good at. My mom asks people she interviews for jobs these questions - it should be the same for people with disabilities. I dint care that I have cerebral ...more »

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6. Taking Care of Daily Life & Supports

Making More Home and Commujnity Based Services Available

Home and Community Based services :housing, employment, personal attendant services, health care is important for individuals with disabilities to have a successful transition. There are too many barriers like underfunding and waitlist that make these services difficult to obtain. Government Agencies like Administration for Community Living (part of Department of Health And Humans Services) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...more »

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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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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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