According to the US Department of Labor, in 2019 19 percent of persons with disability were employed. That is such a low percentage, and certainly does not reflect the desire of people with disabilities to work.
Once a student graduates or ages out of the school system, the support and structure the system offered is no longer available. The completion of high school is a time of excitement in a young person’s life and their family, but also can be scary.
Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) testing is used to develop goals to support students transitioning to adulthood. This assessment is requested by the student’s family (often with support from a lawyer or other advocate). Once awarded, only one assessment is allowed.
As a parent, it’s your job to help your child transition into adulthood as seamlessly as possible. But, that isn’t always easy for any parent. It can become even more difficult when you have a child with a disability.
It’s not uncommon for parents of children with autism to have questions about discipline. But disciplining young children and teenagers is very different, no matter the circumstances. Teens and parents are notorious for butting heads, and that doesn’t necessarily change with an autism diagnosis.
Have you ever sat down to think about what’s really important to you? What are your hopes and dreams? What are your goals, and where do you want to be in your life? For those with disabilities, person-centered planning can often be the solution to achieving those hopes and dreams.