Alaska
This bill establishes that transition services for children with disabilities, as well as vocational rehabilitation services, will focus on helping individuals become gainfully employed in integrated settings.
This bill requires the State Board of Education and Early Development to adopt regulations that provide for the needs of students with disabilities in the implementation of the college and career readiness assessment, which includes the SAT, ACT, or WorkKeys assessment. The regulations may address the conditions, criteria, procedure, and scheduling of the assessment.
This bill requires the Department of Health and Social Services to take a flexible approach to administering programs for people with disabilities that allows each person to participate actively in managing their support services so they can achieve a meaningful life in their home, job, and community.
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Revenue
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program serves individuals through age 22 who have hearing and vision loss, including assisting youth with their transitions to adulthood. The program also teaches special strategies to educators, parents, and others to best support youth with deaf-blindness.
Operating Entity: Alaska Special Education Service Agency
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center of Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: LINKS Resource Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program prepares people with disabilities to find and keep a job through services like career exploration, job search assistance, job placement, and coaching. It also includes school-to-work transition services, as well as supported employment services.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This committee works to improve employment outcomes and transportation accessibility for people with disabilities in Alaska through research, planning, monitoring, and advocacy. Members include parents of individuals with disabilities, service providers, self-advocates, others involved in agencies that provide employment and transportation services to people with disabilities, and public community members.
Operating Entity: Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education
Entity Type: Other
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program pays teachers to facilitate after-school activities that introduce students with disabilities to work-readiness soft skills. It is a collaboration with the Special Education division of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development as well as Alaska Job Centers.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of vocational programs for students (including those with disabilities) in the areas of auto mechanics, carpentry, child care, printing, food service and computer technology. Depending on their needs and goals, students with disabilities may enter the regular vocational program or the Career & Work Readiness program.
Operating Entity: Anchorage School District
Entity Type: Other
This program offers multiple courses to expose students with disabilities to postsecondary education and apprenticeship trainings. It combines Pre-Employment Transition Services with “hands-on learning” in fields such as culinary, carpentry, and welding. It is a partnership between the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center, EXCEL AK, and Voyage to Excellence Career and Technical Education program.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Stone Soup Group
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These three-day programs include Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) self-advocacy and work readiness skills training activities to help students with disabilities develop self-esteem and leadership skills. Phlight Clubs are provided as a partnership between the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Brightways Learning.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center of Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and small business concepts to students with disabilities. Students work through setting a goal, developing a business plan, and putting the plan into action.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This four-week program provides students with disabilities the tools and experience to gain and maintain employment after high school. It includes work-based learning, research into career clusters and pathways, assistance with resume writing, and training around interviews, soft skills, and self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: Access Alaska
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides work experiences and an instructional component to expose students with disabilities, ages 14 to 21, to career pathways and workplace expectations.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program connects people with mental health issues to potential job opportunities, with an emphasis on those suffering from behavioral health complications that may limit their ability to initially enter the workforce.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Health and Social Sciences, Division of Behavioral Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps adults with disabilities find and keep employment in the community through support, job placement with local employers, and on-the-job skills training.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Anchorage
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Transition Camps are 3-5 day cross-state conferences that provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) through presentations by businesses, postsecondary education institutions, and vocational training providers to help students develop a vision for their future. The program is a collaboration between the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Alaska Department of Education.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Transition Readiness is a class that assists secondary deaf and hard of hearing students with their individualized post-secondary plan in five main areas: Advocacy and Empowerment; Education and Career Planning; Work Habits, Skills, and Attitudes; Independent Living; and Community Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources.
Operating Entity: Alaska School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Entity Type: Other
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
UAA TAPESTRY is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: University of Alaska Anchorage, UAA Center for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
Alaska created a document addressing questions that have emerged concerning serving students with Individual Education Programs (IEP). The document requires IEP teams to update IEPs virtually or telephonically if necessary, and it provides guidance for conducting virtual or telephonic IEP metings. It gives examples of circumstances under which IEP teams should adjust IEPs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Education
Alaska provides an informational Q & A discussing IEP implications for students with disabilities during school closures. It addresses parent concerns, noting that IEP meetings can be held virtually, listing scenarios under which students with disabilities may be eligible for compensatory education services, and lists important policies for IEP meetings.
Operating Entity: Alaska Department of Education