The purpose of the Community Action Network (CAN) project is to provide transition age youth an opportunity for a time limited, comprehensive, and inclusive post-secondary experience that includes educational, vocational, and social opportunities. At its core, this project integrates best practices, such as person-centered thinking and self determination, as the guiding principles and actions that assist individuals to achieve greater influence, independence, and control as they transition into adult life. This multi-disciplinary style and multi-learning approach meets the student where their strengths lie and accommodate barriers in a multitude of strategies.
Submitted by The Arc of Ventura County.
The Arc of Washington State’s Jobs @ 21 Partnership Project seeks to ensure special education teachers and parents have information to help young adults with developmental disabilities access gainful employment. The project will have three focuses: 1) train parents about the IEP and transition process; 2) provide scholarships for interested special education teachers to attend the Employment Professional Certificate Program; and 3) provide information to state elected officials about the importance of funding supported employment once students graduate from high school.
Submitted by The Arc of Washington State.
Still in the Shadows with the Future Uncertain
A report on family and individual needs for disability supports (FINDS)
Summary of Key Findings and A Call To Action
The Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey was conducted online from July 22, 2010 to October 31, 2010. The survey was widely disseminated through a variety of groups, including: the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the American Network of Community Options and Resources, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, the National Council on Independent Living, Best Buddies, Easter Seals, the Autism Society of America and state and local chapters of The Arc.
Families from all 50 states and DC completed surveys. People with disabilities responded from 38 states and DC. Nearly 5000 caregivers responded (4,962) as did 558 people with disabilities. The vast majority of caregiver respondents were family members (95%) who are living with their family member with disabilities (75%). Additional detail regarding respondents is available in the FINDS Technical Report.
The results are representative of the people who heard about the survey and responded and may not be representative of all people with disabilities and their families. Data analysis was performed by Lynda Anderson, Sheryl A. Larson, Allise Wuorio and K. Charlie Lakin of the Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.