Full Inclusion

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Currently, young adults with intellectual disabilities are able to begin receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) when they reach the age of eighteen. While the receipt of SSI comes with several rules — such as requiring the individual to pay rent and not having more than $2,000 in all combined accounts — the rules regarding work can be difficult to understand and difficult to find, causing recipients and guardians to shy away from the working world. With the evolution of ‘full-inclusion’, it is a logical step that employing this demographic would be the main focus of the last years of an individual’s education. Many young adults leave the public school system having attended a vocational program and with a personalized post-secondary…show more content…
Many young adults with intellectual disabilities still live at home with their guardian(s). While personal choice and over-protectiveness plays a role in that fact, the lack of housing for disabled adults is a key factor. Group homes, where several adults with disabilities will live together to form a functioning household with staff supervision, are closing down nationwide. Full-inclusion has come so far that it is beginning to threaten the independence of disabled adults by removing the idea of living with peer roommates. Instead, the model is going to host-homes, where a person with a disability can apply to live with a family or roommate who does not have a disability. In this case, it makes more sense to leave the young adult with his/her guardian(s) instead of uprooting their current existence. A regular paycheck from a job is almost rendered useless, due to the freeloading nature of “staying with mom and dad.” A guardian can state on the application for SSI whether he/she are providing shelter and food, which affects the monthly reward. It is simple to say shelter and food aren’t being provided, when he/she actually is, to try and receive a higher amount of monthly SSI reward. While there are guardian(s) who adhere to the rules and restrictions of SSI, there are those who do not and try to receive more monetary reward than what is actually deserved. Without the disabled…show more content…
While part of the education system, the disabled student has access to speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and physical therapists are provided free of charge. These professionals can teach the individual skills such as simpler ways to complete tasks, how to speak more clearly, or spatial planning (managing space and mapping the path of least resistance). Qualifying students are able to continue their education until the age of twenty-one, commonly through a vocational program. Students still receive assistance from the previously mentioned therapists as well as a more independent living and work focused education. Once the student ages out, he/she lose access to those therapists, job coaches, and
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