Every child deserves to have an inclusive education. Work with your school to have a general education curriculum and learn alongside your peers without disabilities. You can accomplish this by having an educational plan, called an IEP, in place. During the transition years, your parents and educators will continue to have input into creating the specific learning objectives for your future. Consider post-secondary education, the development of career and vocational skills as well as the ability to live independently.
Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities
The number and types of options for diplomas vary from state to state. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 has increased the pressure on schools across the country to improve graduation rates for all students, including students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997 require that students with disabilities participate in state and district assessments and that results be reported. These requirements have had an impact on the states, affecting the range of diploma options offered to students. Many states offer multiple diploma options as a strategy to meet the requirements of NCLB and IDEA and to improve school completion rates for students, especially those with disabilities.
In Baltimore, Jewish Community Services offers a college scholarship for a graduating high school senior with a diagnosed, documented learning disability. These scholarships provide money to use toward college or a vocational training program.