Published By: Autism Parenting Magazine
Luke is one of 500,000 US teens that are anticipated to ride the crest of a wave of people with autism exiting the public school system within the next 10 years, a tsunami that society and employers alike are not ready for. According to the AFAA, or Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, just over 50 percent of young adults on the autism spectrum worked for pay eight years after they finished high school. Ninety percent of adults with autism are either unemployed, or under-employed, and under 16 percent have full-time jobs.
Luke’s main issue is an inability to express himself verbally. That, coupled with limited social skills, got an “autism” label smacked on him, where he has joined company with 1.5 million other Americans. Click here to read the rest of the story.
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When you hear the word Asperger’s, what kind of person do you think of?
Asperger’s Syndrome (ASP) is a type of mild autism that affects an average of 1 in 88 children in the US. In popular media, there are certain stereotypes attributed to people with Asperger’s (just think of Sheldon Cooper from TV’s Big Bang Theory). Often, due to their unusual gifts and behavior, highly creative and gifted people are labeled with Asperger’s, especially if they are socially awkward.
Furthermore, there’s been a trend recently where “experts” diagnose famous people with Asperger’s posthumously. The list of “diagnosed” includes Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, George Washington, and many others. Obviously, such post-mortem diagnoses are nonsense. Diagnosing Asperger’s is a difficult process and such diagnosis can only be established by psychiatrists or psychologists. They typically use specialized psychoeducational assessments to diagnose Asperger’s syndrome. To read the rest of the story, Click Here
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One of the goals of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is to include transition planning services for all special education students at age 16. Transition planning is mandated through IDEA 2004 which serves to help students begin the process of preparing for post-school activities including, postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment and adult services. A timeline will help you stay focused on achieving each step.
The law states transition planning should begin no later than 16 years old or before. It is recommended transition planning should begin by age 14 since services are different in the adult services world including long waiting list depending on where you live and what services are available.
14 Years Old
- Transition planning should begin no later than when your child is 14.4- It is the law in most states.
- Begin to research agencies who provide services for individuals with disabilities
- IEP meeting should focus on the student’s needs, interest in preparation for adulthood
- Research various aspects of transition services
- Begin to explore recreation activities
15 Years Old
- Develop a vision statement
- Transition goals should be part of the IEP
- Begin to discuss home services
- Attend information fairs that offer information on future planning including residential, guardianship and employment
- Start planning an independence plan at home where possible
16 Years Old
- Transition goals at the IEP meetings should be updated.
- Confirm how long students will attend high school- 4 years or until age 21
- Start the process of getting referrals to your state agency
- Begin researching adult services and programs. Some waitlist can last for years
- Initiate application to adult service agencies
17 Years Old
- Confirm a graduation date
- Update transition goals in the IEP
- Begin to invite adult service providers to IEP
- Begin to investigate guardianship information and the process
18 Years Old
- Adult eligibility should be completed
- Apply for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid.
- Visit adult providers programs
- Attend job fairs if appropriate
- Establish legal guardianship if necessary
- Explore future planning
18-21 Years Old
- Refine vision statement
- Revise and update IEP goals
- Invite transition coordinator your child’s IEP meeting
- Explore and obtain necessary funding for adult programs
- Ensure there is a plan for medical/health coverage
- Confirm all support services are in place.
Below is a free transition printable planning checklist. Feel free to download the PDF.
National Disability Employment Awareness is recognized each October to highlight the workforce contributions of people with disabilities.
- Only 20 percent of the labor force with disabilities are employed.
- 59% of the people with hearing impairments were employed.
- 41% of people with visual disabilities were employed.
16% of people with severe disabilities work full-time.
Check out this infographic!
What can you do in your organization to recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month?
Train frontline staff on the facts
Reach out to local media
Proactively recruit people with disabilities
Review company policies and procedures
Conduct training for supervisors on understanding their role in fostering an inclusive workplace culture
Participate in a disability mentoring day
Conduct a training on disability history.