Task Force on Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Public Hearings Begin on November 1st

Advancements in the education of children with disabilities as well as higher expectations for more meaningful and fulfilling post-high school lives have led to more opportunities for students with disabilities to attend college. Several laws have helped develop some of these opportunities.  When the cornerstone federal statute, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, was reauthorized in 2004, it and resulting regulations emphasized successful transition to post-school life as an important goal of the education of children with special needs.  A crucial component of the transition planning that school districts must begin when the student turns fourteen years old is the post-school vision.  Transition services are to be coordinated, results oriented, and based on the individual student’s strengths, preferences and interests.  Where appropriate, therefore, there is no barrier to have college as the post-high school vision for a student with disabilities. Continue reading

Fellowship Opportunity for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Here is a great fellowship opportunity for individuals on the Autism Spectrum who are between 18 and 26 years old:

Massachusetts Advocates for Children invites young adults 18-26 on the Autism Spectrum to apply for an innovative Young Adult Leaders Fellowship which provides opportunities to learn the professional skills needed to advocate on behalf of other youth with disabilities.  The Fellowship is a partnership between Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston.  The Young Adult Leaders Fellowship consists of one year part-time advocacy training under the supervision of the Autism Project Advocate and senior attorney.  A small stipend is provided. 

Please see the fellowship application for more information.

Open Enrollment for the Children’s Autism Waiver Program

For parents of kids on the Autism Spectrum who are younger than nine years old, the Children’s Autism Waiver Program can be a great way to access additional services. Applications must be postmarked between October 7, 2013 and October 18, 2013.  Please see the attached notice or call the Autism Support Center in your area for more information.