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What would it take for the Toledo area to be named the most disability-friendly community in the United States?

A disability-friendly community asks its citizens to become creative problem-solvers. If some of us have a problem, we all have a problem. When we solve it for some, we can solve it for all. Disability Dialog is your invitation to weigh-in on key topics, and offer your ideas and/or suggestions for solutions—the more creative the better!

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Education

Children have much more in common than their differences. Research shows that inclusive education, or “mainstreaming,” provides benefits to all students. It gives students with varying talents and abilities opportunities to collaborate with and learn from one another. What efforts can parents and educators take to make inclusion easier for kids?

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We should have some program of educating the universities about the high-functioning, academically-talented people on the autism spectrum - whether it's trainings, or one-on-one meetings with such individuals. People with certain kinds of autism /Asperger's do well in certain academic work, and so they get accepted to colleges, and then the college professors and others at the colleges (in my experience) don't quite get that there's a disability in play. They respond to any mention of someone's barriers and challenge areas with "You can learn that." Sometimes accommodations are refused because the college thinks it's something they can learn (i.e., they're not allowed to record lectures because "you have to learn to pay attention.) I went to a college in a small town, but the career counselors assumed everyone was capable of moving everywhere to take a job. If you explained some of the problems you had with life skills, getting around and learning a new place, and being safe, the response was something like, "You need to be more of a risk-taker." Someone can be successful academically and still not have some of the common sense, safety, and life skills that it takes to safely move far away from home, and this becomes a problem if the jobs that you do best aren't around your area. I envision kind of a "support exchange program" with other cities - like exchange programs for people who want to study in other countries. A family in another city who has someone with that same disability supporting someone who has moved there for an internship or entry-level job.

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by aspie099

81%

Of people with autism between high school and their early 20s have never lived independently

2015 National Autism Indicators Report

64%

Of people with autism have had no education after high school

2015 National Autism Indicators Report