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Report of Regents P-12 Education/Adult Career and Continuing Education (ACCES) Joint Meeting Committee to The Board of Regents

Your P-12 Education Committee and Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Committee (ACCES) held a joint meeting on September 15, 2014.  All members were present.


Olmstead Update - Full Integration for Students and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [P-12/ACCES (D) 1] – The Committees received additional information on initiatives that ensure State services, programs, and activities are provided to students and adults in settings that allow individuals with disabilities to interact with their nondisabled peers to the fullest extent possible, and are consistent with New York State’s Olmstead Implementation Plan. The Office for People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD) initiated its Transformation Agreement to reform its system of supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the areas of employment, integrated living and self-direction of services. ACCES-Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), P-12’s Office of Special Education, and Independent Living Centers (ILCs) are involved in several initiatives to support the transition of students with disabilities to integrated employment settings and facilitate the transition of individuals from day habilitation programs and sheltered employment to competitive employment. Department staff will invite OPWDD to engage in a discussion of opportunities for additional collaboration to ensure full implementation of New York State’s Olmstead plan for integration.