As you are aware, the new regulations have requirements for person-centered planning, which became effective last year on March 17, 2014. The new regulations also describe how waiver settings must be integrated in the community. In the following statement I speak about the idea of fair and equal person centered planning, making sure that all individuals have the opportunity to work within their own communities. My adult ...more »
My Idea for FUNDING “EXCEPTIONAL” WAIVERS: consumer choice funding (waivers include both Autism and ID disabilities) 1) Release monies to “cognitively aware” consumers, parents, care givers, legal guardian, etc. 2) Consumer choice-(where and how funds are spent) 3) Put guidelines in place where the above, consumer, must report what “natural supports” they are using, before needing the waiver funding. 4) Create a hub/resource ...more »
*We are really doing our best to get Kyle into the community and be a familiar face in places he visits frequently. Reality of embracing community integration with an adult son with impulse control that can result in a negative incident. Kyle is usually a calm and pleasant young man. He is very obedient and cooperative. We have come a long way from the days of lashing out and hitting and biting himself to presently using ...more »
Life is like a “head of lettuce”. There are many layers. Some taste sweet and some taste sour. Some are big, some are small. Which pieces will you use to make your salad? -author unknown Immediate Actions needed NOW: 1) Funding (everything can be done with money) 2) Community HUB (educational resource center-maybe a library?) 3) Relationship Building in Communities (community coordinator helps high school students ...more »
I know some adults in their 20's that went to college for a few months or a year, but did not return. They were missing socialization pieces. They also had mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and other issues. Maybe each student with ASD and other needs, could use the following: 1) Have an option to include parents in conversations with counselors and professors 2) Community HUB (educational resource ...more »
Connect the USA's major metropolitan cities nationwide with rapid rail transit systems; Add additonal access spurs to larger USA 'rural towns'.
It would be helpful if disability support services would include an inclusion specialist whose role would be to proactively plan and coordinate activities for all students with an emphasis on ensuring students with disabilities participate.
Include training on 'inclusive practices' for resident assistants and residential staff.
My son is successful academically and to date in the work environment (he held the same job from 14 - 19, and has advanced to lead lab tech at University). However, his disability becomes quite apparent at school in that he has few friends. Social maturity develops through friendships and lack of social maturity, not to be confused with work ethic and ability, develops through friendships. It would be helpful if post-secondary ...more »
Adult Education centers and Career/Technical Education centers are required to follow Section 504 rules for accommodation of students with disabilities. Many technical education programs have a basic skills requirement which can be a challenge to our students, however if you know the system, these basic skills requirements may be waived for students who are able to show they have gained employability skills in their vocation ...more »
Peer socialization within the educational setting
We need high school jobs for students with disabilities as well as post-secondary opportunities. Paid job coaches could help entice local businesses to provide internships for students with disabilities. An ideal program would provide paid jobs for the teens while they learn the skills for job success as well as a paid job coach. A structure for teens to move from apprentice to intern to staff to manager in multiple ...more »
My daughter's university has a Disability Services office and offers appropriate accommodations. However, she often must wait more than a week for an appointment with a staff person. This can seriously impact her ability to work out problems with professors. Also, better social/emotional support would be helpful. Our kids are navigating all the issues typically developing students navigate AND a number of other obstacles. ...more »