Person-Centered plans are basically brochures which provide information about a person with a disability to other people who are not familiar with the disabled person. They are easy to make, informative, and make wonderful “ice-breakers” for a child or adult who has difficulty explaining their particular disability, especially to a larger group. One mother of a disabled child had this to say about the brochures:
“I did [a person-centered plan] after attending one of the FACT trainings and before we completed [my son's] IEP evaluation. I cannot even begin to tell you how IMPORTANT the addition of this brochure helped during the IEP process (they even reference it in his IEP and direct the reader to look at it for additional information). Additionally, it has helped his school teachers, aids, caregivers, Sunday school teachers, family members etc… They are able to see at a glance helpful information about his strengths and areas that are challenging for him.” -From the website. CLICK HERE to view sample plans or to get templates to help you make your own!
We Connect Now is a great resource for disabled people to find employment with the government, and other public institutions such as colleges or local/state agencies. Instead of providing individual job listings, this site connect you to dozens of job banks and search engines designed specifically for people with disabilities. Click Here to visit the page or go to www.weconnectnow.wordpress.com/job to begin searching for a rewarding career!
Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College.
April 13, 2011 KUNC For students living with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, the everyday social interactions of college life can be awkward. So as more kids with autism head off to college, there’s a growing demand for college services to help students fit in, graduate and ultimately find jobs.
The relatively high number of students who went on to attend postsecondary education without having it as a goal in their transition plan indicates that high schools may underestimate the educational aptitude or aspirations of students with autism. Based on these data, it is legitimate to speculate that more students with autism might have attended postsecondary education had they been encouraged to explore this opportunity when they were in high school. Increasing the level of expectations during high school is critical for improving the quality of life of adults with autism, including their employment outcomes.
An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a savings account for a special purpose. The money you deposit in this account will be matched by private donations. Each dollar you save will be matched by other dollars. Save for your home, to go back to school, starting a business, purchasing equipment to support your job, or starting a small business.
Incight empowers people with disabilities to become contributing members of society. We accomplish this through several dynamic programs focused in the areas of: Education, Employment, Networking and Independence.
Oregon Student Assistance Commission(OSAC) administers a variety of State of Oregon, Federal, and privately funded student financial aid programs for the benefit of Oregonians attending institutions of post-secondary education. This agency was formerly known as the Oregon State Scholarship Commission.