Oregon students with disabilities have been declared eligible for federal financial aid this week, reversing an earlier ruling that blocked aid for more than 1,700 recent Oregon high school graduates from receiving funding for college. “It’s like the happiest day of my life…”
Washington Statewide Transition Conference a conference about improving transition outcomes for students experiencing disabilities.
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!
“For more than 37 years, the TASH Conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. The TASH Conference is attended by professors and researchers, public policy workers, special and general educators, school administrators, self-advocates, family members, adult service providers, students, and a variety of other professionals and advocates. Each year, the TASH Conference is the one place where stakeholders from every aspect of the disability community come together to learn, share and grow in our collective effort to advance inclusion and human rights for people with significant disabilities.” From the website. CLICK HERE or go to http://conference.tash.org/ to learn more.
The National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) is contracted with the federal government to provide work from home opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities. Most jobs are customer service related positions, but there are other opportunities as well. NTI also has a database of jobs specifically for people who are disabled and receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and has it’s own employment agency called Staffing Connection, which helps to place disabled people into onsite jobs. This is an excellent resource for anyone recieving disability benefits. Click Here or go to www.nticentral.org to learn more.
AIDD is an online database which shows many different resources that are available in every state. Resources included in this website are: State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DDC), State Protection & Advocacy Systems (P&A), National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research & Service (UCEDDs), Projects of National Significance (PNS). Click Here to visit the database.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities Has put together a great webpage which provides information and food for thought for parents of children with disabilities who are about to transition out of school and into the working world. From the website – “Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.” This page contains definitions of transition services provided by the government, how parents can specifically request transition services, and additional resources surrounded the transition process. To visit this page Click Here
From the Oregonian – “Thanks to Jenny Veenker, five developmentally disabled adults have a loving home in a suburban split-level made beautiful with paint and care. On a recent fall evening, one of Veenker’s clients pours coffee at a granite-topped kitchen island. Another helps his wife of 25 years — both are mentally retarded — pull on a sweater. Then all five of Veenker’s residents, ages 23 to 65, gather for a pre-dinner prayer, bowing heads in unison. The family dogs — Bella, Frankie and Bear — whimper in the laundry room while salad, homemade bean soup and grilled hamburgers are served around a formal dining room table. This is what Oregon officials had in mind when they shut down Fairview Training Center for good and completed a transition to a community-based system of care for about 4,200 developmentally disabled adults. The dedication of caregivers like Veenker can be easily overshadowed by stories of abuse and neglect elsewhere in the system. But thousands do inspiring work every day — and make a huge difference in their clients’ lives….” – Read full article here
A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College An excellent resource for anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend college at some point in their lives. This guide covers many different subjects ranging from goal setting, managing time, searching for grants and scholarships, developing a support network, and where to look (both on and off campus) when you need help.
We Have Human Rights is an excellent guide designed specifically for people with developmental disabilities. This online handbook cover many different subjects like: Civil Rights, Equality, Right to Work, Medical Care, Self-Advocacy, and more. It is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in learning about human rights for people with disabilities.