1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Working together

As a vocational rehabilitation counselor who works with my local schools and attends IEP meetings. I believe that it is so important for case managers and HS guidance counselors to have on going dialog with the students and parents to help GUIDE them on the realities of life after high school so that they can make informed choices.

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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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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Jobs

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

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5. Voting and Community Engagement

Disability awareness and education

The public needs to have a better understanding of disabilities. In order for our culture to become more accepting and less afraid of people with disabilities, they need to be better educated. It would be nice if there was an organization whose sole purpose was to enlighten businesses and provide support to them in becoming truly integrated. It would also be nice if the government gave some sort of incentive for businesses ...more »

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1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Universal Design

As a coordinator for disability services in higher education, I think it is important to mention the idea of universal design. If curriculums and classwork were designed with universality in mind, the need for disability services would subside. Students would not need to self-identify as having a disability because the course work would be designed to be accessible to all types of learners. There is a way to present ...more »

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Networking and Mentoring for Disable People

There should be more networking events exclusively designed for people with disabilities and disability employers. There also should be a mentorship program where people with disabilities can get advice from a professional.

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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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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

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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Life outside of the K-12 system

Transition planning is critical, but often does not include organizational representatives who can continue to support a youth after K-12. When the re-authorization of I.D.E.A. begins to move forward I would like to see language in it that includes that community based organizations, such as Centers for Independent Living, must be invited to attend to support the youth and family throughout their transition out of K-12. ...more »

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2. Preparing for the Workforce

Inclusive Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programs are jobs that youth with disabilities could enroll in to earn money while developing their skills in a field of interest to them. Programs typically last a few years, and apprentices who complete them earn an average starting salary of $50,000 a year. Historically, there have been many programs in fields like construction and manufacturing, but recently there has been a lot of growth in industries ...more »

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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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