Tapping Into DMH Resources
The May 19th 6 p.m. session featured Angela Gomez of KC Regional Office who explained how the Department of Mental Health’s eligibility and intake process works. Here are key takeaways on how to tap into Missouri Department of Mental Health for resources:
4:12 KC Regional Office Staff returns calls on intake line 816.889.3452 within 24 hours
5:40 How eligibility is determined
6:10 Why diagnosis alone doesn’t mean eligibility
9:10 Statewide information coordination system for those who don’t have Medicaid and aren’t active
on a waitlist or receiving autism services.
19:59 Benefits planning helps individuals to land job and earn income without losing Medicaid and
22:23 Advice to individuals and families experiencing anxiety thinking about career planning after
29:12 Mom asks about cuts to SSI, Medicaid and other benefits for her two adult children with autism.
35:45 UMKC Propel asks for advice for ways families to get classroom assistance for students.
39:18 Importance of sharing goals and challenges with KCRO Support Coordination Team so they can
open doors of opportunities.
This week’s resource list includes:
Benefits 101 and more info from the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities
Co-Vid Speak - Video conference app for persons who can’t speak
Show Me KC School’s “Exploring School Choice Options” workshop on May 20th
KCPS Pilot Puts Inclusion In Action
The May 19th “Tuesday Talks” landed on the last day of school for KCPS and showcased the district’s innovative K-2 Inclusion Pilot during the morning session. Feel free to scroll and enjoy some of the highlights from the 10 a.m. session with Dr. JaKyta Lawrie and teachers from James, King and Melcher elementary schools:
6:10 Special education students learn in the classroom alongside their general education peers instead of being pulled out.
9:38 Data shows growth for both special education and general education students.
11:43 Why COVID-19 didn’t disrupt learning for students in the program.
13:12 Teachers share experiences of being co-teaching pairs.
21:52 Video features dad explaining impact on his son with autism.
27:02 Pilot was developed by KCPS and based on evidence-based practices.
28:40 Ratio of general education/special education students participating in the pilot program.
30:23 How students can enroll in the program.
32:43 Four types of co-teaching models used
Here's this week's resource list which includes info on: Department of Mental Health's benefits info, videoconference app for people who can't speak, Show Me KC Schools school choice workshop,
Tuesday Talks - May 19, 2020
Tune into the May 19th “Tuesday Talks” where we wrap up the school year by learning about an innovative K-2 inclusive program and how to sign up for benefits after completing high school.
At the 10 a.m. session, we’ll meet program coordinators and teachers who will share the impact of the Kansas City Public Schools K-2 Inclusion Pilot that was implemented this school year at three hub schools - James Elementary, Melcher Elementary and King Elementary. The pilot is designed to close the learning gaps between students receiving special education services and students not receiving special education services. The specialized instruction is being provided through the service delivery model of Co-Teaching.
Throughout the different pilot grade levels, students receive their core content instruction by a certified general education teacher and special education teacher. Specialized instruction is delivered through the four highly effective co-teaching models; Parallel Teaching, Station Teaching, Alternative Teaching and Team Teaching. Students receiving special education services, are able to receive their instructional services as well as related services, inside the general education classroom and not pulled from the general education curriculum during the day.
Department of Mental Health explains intake/eligibility process
Then we’ll have valuable information at the 6 p.m. session to help high school students prepare for life after graduation. Angela Gomez with Kansas City Regional Office will share with us about the intake/eligibility process for Department of Mental Health-Developmental Disabilities and what happens after eligibility.
Former KCPS Student Johnny Gordon who successfully managed Asperger’s Syndrome and earned his Bachelor’s degree in studio art from Old Dominion University.
Feel free to scroll and enjoy some of the highlights from the
6 p.m. session with his dad Rick:
12:22 Johnny shares how his African-Centered education at KCPS impacted him.
14:35 Johnny recalls his struggle to adjust to college.
18:47 Johnny shares how he advocates for himself with an invisible disability
23:15 Rick shares his first instinct was to protect Johnny from society’s judgment when he was first diagnosed.
24:59 Dad shares what it was like to parent his son during his college years.
30:12 Johnny showcases his art work
37:15 UMKC Propel student asks Johnny about persons who impacted him the most.
41:46 KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell offered to help Johnny land post-secondary opportunities.
43:41 Johnny offers words of encouragement to other students with disabilities.
Here's this week's resource list.
This week’s “Tuesday Talks” featured Former KCPS Student Johnny Gordon who successfully managed Asperger’s Syndrome and earned his Bachelor’s degree in studio art from Old Dominion University. Here's this week's resource list.
Feel free to scroll and enjoy some of the highlights from the 10 a.m. session with his mom Jennifer:
16:24 Johnny’s reaction to being diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 18 during his senior year of high
27:27 Jennifer shares factors they had to consider for his college search.
31:54 Johnny admits to being hesitant to reaching out to on-campus supports and accommodations.
35:56 Johnny shares how he navigated his social life and romance during college.
44:57 Participant asks if being diagnosed earlier would have made a difference.
53:40 Johnny gives advice to aspiring college students with disabilities.
UMKC Propel shares lessons learned
Students, parents and staff of UMKC's Propel program joined us to share the difference this college experience is making in the lives of these diverse learners. Click here for the 10 a.m. session and here for the 6 p.m. session. Also, check out this week's resource list.
Enjoying the college experience
The May 5th "Tuesday Talks" session spotlights UMKC's Propel Program allows students with disabilities to continue their education and experience campus life. Meet students, families and staff of this nationally recognized program. Register for the 10 a.m. session and/or the 6 p.m. session.
Sexuality and Youth With Disabilities Part 2
Let's talk about sex
Dr. Darrel Lang will lead this discussion and provide one-on-one coaching sessions with families on how to have “the talk” with their children. Also, he’ll provide participants with a sample script to help guide them as they have “the talk.”
Managing Challenging Behaviors At Home During COVID-19
Five Strategies for Families With Disabilities
Andi Bonge, Occupational Therapist
Andi has been an OT for more than 20 years including working with students ranging from early childhood to high school age.
She earned a master's degree in OT from Rockhurst University and a bachelor of science from University of Nebraska-Kearney.
This is a 2-part series.
Uniting and supporting families
The Transition Academy is committed to supporting families during the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond! The KC Special Education Family Check-In was our first virtual event designed to bring together families, teachers, school professionals, social services, medical professionals and all who support families with disabilities. Let's lean on and learn from one another so we can be stronger and united in the future. Click here for a recap of this session.
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