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Before my adult child falls off the cliff at 21 yrs. old

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 »

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Waiver funding- 1 waiver for individuals ASD and ID

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 »

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Becoming self-determined starts in HIGH SCHOOL!

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 »

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Social connectivity in College as prep for employment

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 »

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High School Job Training

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 »

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Internships

I have first-hand knowledge that youth with disabilities benefit from internships that are managed by agencies that ascribe to the Independent Living Philosophy. Youth benefit from being taken through a pre-employment skill building internship that has imbedded supports, and lessons on professional communication, disability history, peer support, meeting deadlines, and learning to fail with success

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Post graduation planning is critical

Helping students better understand the resources that may be available to help them with career exploration, future salaries and potential supports is important. Many students with disabilities live in fear that after they finish college they will lose critical benefits that help, such as Medicaid and Mediwaviers, but typically many colleges don't have experience or systems in place to help the students and their families ...more »

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collaboration with CILS

Post-secondary institutions, and families, can partner with Centers for Independent Living (found at www.ncil.org) to maximize independence. CILS help individuals reach their personal best potential, even if they'll never be completely independent, but teaching life and social skills.

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Autism Spectrum transition from post-secondary to Work

Community Colleges & Universities could use work-study programs to help transition to work. Often, these programs are financially need-based only. Could also set up program through Disability Services/Special Population Offices to actively assist job search & job acquisition skills prior to graduation, as well as partnering with certain companies to hire graduates with disabilities..

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Business Community Apprenticeships & Internships and Employment

I would like to see the business community more involved in supporting people with disabilities by providing apprenticeships and interning opportunities. Insurance is always a barrier. I think this is a huge gap that needs to be overcome - are there any incentives to the business world. Project Search is a great example and I hope to see some offsprings of this concept that would work in more rural areas. Would also like ...more »

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Postsecondary Track Should Have Access to Career Coaches

He's been volunteering weekly at the local Habitat Restore for the past 18 months and that's been great. Had a terrible part-time work experience prior to that and as a result switched his VR "track" from employment to postsecondary ed. For students on a postsecondary track there is no career development or employment support through VR--it's considered double dipping--so he can't work with a local provider or have the ...more »

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