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New York State Regents: Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities

At its October 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents discussed critical areas for action and proposed improvement activities aligned with the Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities.

In order to implement the Blueprint, the following improvement activities are planned for continuation or initiation during the 2015 -16 school year:

  • Promote student engagement in self-advocacy and in determining their own educational goals and plans;
  • Ensure parents, and other family members, are engaged as meaningful partners in the special education process and the education of their children;
  • Ensure teachers design, provide and assess the effectiveness of specially-designed instruction to provide students with disabilities with access to the general education curriculum and that teachers provide research-based instructional teaching and learning strategies and supports for students with disabilities;
  • Ensure schools provide multi-tiered systems of behavioral and academic support;
  • Ensure schools provide high quality inclusive programs and activities; and
  • Improve transition planning and post-secondary results for students with disabilities.
    To learn more and download related documentation, click here.
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Disability.Blog: Job Search Tips from the Pros

From disability.blog: “When it comes to job hunting, it is often best to consult the professionals. Job and career counselors are certified specialists in their field and know from experience, with their own clientele, what works best and what does not. They also know the nuances of different stages of the job hunt and different industries.

Not everyone can afford a career counselor or has access to free job placement services. Therefore, I asked my job counselors, who helped more than 400 people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) return to work last year, about their best suggestions for getting a job.

Every one of them began with “Preparation is the key to success!” So take these tips to bring out the best qualities you have to offer an employer!”

To read more job search tips, click here.

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Helping Young Adults Navigate Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Getting the Most out of Vocational Rehabilitation,” a companion tip sheet to the recently released “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” publication from Pathways’ Career Visions project, explains the types of services vocational rehabilitation provides and the process of applying for services, and offers tips and a case study that illustrate how to obtain successful outcomes from VR.

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Transition Assessment and Goal Generator

After six years of development, the new on-line Transition Assessment and Goal Generator (TAGG) is ready for use and can be obtained at https://tagg.ou.edu/tagg

Purpose
Using non-academic behaviors research identified as being associated with post-school employment and further education of former high school students with mild to moderate disabilities, the TAGG identifies students’ strengths and needs, provides a written summary, and generates individualized annual transition goals matched to Common Core standards, which can all be copied and placed in the transition section of students’ IEPs.

Intended Users
The TAGG is an appropriate transition assessment for secondary-aged students with mild to moderate disabilities who plan to become employed and/or enrolled in further education after high school graduation.

To learn more, click here!

Download TAGG flyer

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Transition Services: A “Hot Education Career” – US News

From U.S. News and World Report: “Transition services is just one area among several offering opportunity in the special-ed field, which besides classroom teachers also includes case managers and occupational therapists. Median pay for teachers is about $55,100, slightly higher than for most other teaching disciplines; according to the Department of Education’s latest teacher shortage survey, nearly all 50 states report a lack of qualified professionals. ‘There are such significant needs at the different levels,’ says Kimberly Paulsen, associate professor of special education at Vanderbilt. ‘We get calls, if not every day, at least three, four times a week from school districts’ looking for people, she says.”

Read more: Think Outside the Box With These Hot Education Careers – US News.