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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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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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

How early should we start talking about transition?

Depending on the school/county/city/state, the discussion about transition starts at different times. Some start in 10th grade, others in 12th. When should we start having these discussions and introducing ideas about opportunities after high school?

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4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Civil, Human Rights, Civil Liberty

Discrimination, harassment, bullying in our schools from teachers to our children and parents. Also, in the courts. They are not following the laws i.e. ADA, 504 plan, IDEA, FAPE, etc. The No Fear Act. & so on. Thx

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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Pullout or Inclusion?

Once a student leaves the general education classroom what will he/she lose or gain? Are they gaining speech or reading therapy and losing important time in say, math or science? Are they being taken out of gym or music class? These subjects are just as important to some students. What does the student gain by staying in the general education class? Will the student be ridiculed by his/her peers for leaving the classroom ...more »

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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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7 Amazing Actions for Teachers to Take

Without a doubt, all teachers definitely have the power to make change on behalf of exceptional children and youth, as well as their families and peers. However, they cannot make such astounding impacts without significant support, as well as full knowledge regarding not only their specialty subjects, but also their character traits, their practices, and their students. I have seven suggestions for teachers to use to ...more »

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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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The Job Paradox

When I graduated from college last May I was so excited to start looking for a job and getting out into the workforce. That excitement did not last long when I began to worry about losing my disability benefits if I started making any money. Worrying about losing everything made me feel awful and turned my job search from an exciting experience into a scary and risky venture. I honestly want the experience, and chance ...more »

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Learning about Self-Advocacy (before/during the transition age)

I am a youth that struggled self-advocacy. I would always let my mother advocate for me, and since she was so good at advocating I did not see the point in me even trying. When I started in high school I realized I needed to fight for my services otherwise they might not be fulfilled. I wish there was a program/video/book that helped middle schooler's, high school and beyond, to learn about self-advocacy. this could ...more »

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Where can transition plans/programs be improved?

I want to ask this of those who have gone through a transition process.

What went well for you? What let you down? How can this be improved?

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Jobs

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

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