Iowa Family & Educator Partnership
Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success for all children and youth with disabilities.
FEP coordinators work with parents, educators, and local school districts to provide FEP programs, services, and activities; they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs. Please call your coordinator for more information about what the FEP can do for you.
ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities
You're invited to a statewide forum to learn about the ABLE Act, a major victory for individuals with disabilities that allows them to save money up to $100,000 without losing benefits from Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The legislation creates a new form of tax-exempt savings account (ABLE Account) akin to section 529 college savings accounts and is codified at Internal Revenue Code section 529A.
Learn how you or your program participants can benefit from ABLE.
Keynote speaker: State Representative Lisa Heddens
Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Iowa Able Foundation, FDIC, National Disability Institute, and the State Treasurer of Iowa.
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Friday, February 10, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Johnston Lions Club
6401 Merle Hay Rd
Johnston, Iowa 50131
- FREE training!
- Lunch and training materials provided; stipends upon request.
- Learn how to share your lived experience and expertise with other parents.
- Assist in developing a statewide network of volunteer parent mentors.
- Discover helpful resources and tools for mentoring and support.
Starts Friday, February 24
8:00 am-4:30 pm
- FREE training!
- Meals and training materials provided.
- Stipends available upon request for parents and educators.
- Offering social work credit, graduate credit, and AEA license renewal credit for administrators, teachers and para-educators.
Ottumwa Challenger Baseball League
Registration is now available for players who would like to participate in the Ottumwa Challenger Baseball League. The league is for students who have a physical or intellectual disability and are between the ages of 5 to 21 years old.
Game play is individualized in order for each player to experience success. Games are played on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning from mid-April through June. The deadline for registration is March 18, 2017. There is a registration fee however scholarships are available.
For more information or to sign up, contact Ellen Moreland at 641-799-0825 or by email at email@example.com
Family Peer Support Specialist Training
Iowa City, March 28-30 & April 25-27
Environmental Education Center, East Side Recycling
2401 Scott Blvd SE, Iowa City, IA
Must attend both sessions to complete the training; applications accepted Jan. 30-Feb. 27, 17.
Peer Support Specialist Training
Quad Cities, April 3-7
Genesis Medical Center
801 Illini Dr, Silvis, IL
Applications accepted February 1-March 6.
Go to www.iowapeersupporttraining.org for registration application and other details.
Family & Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517
Districts Covered: Albia, Cardinal, Centerville , Chariton, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg , Fairfield, Fremont, Keota, Maharishi, Moravia, Moulton - Udel, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa Christian, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Juvenile Shelter, Ottumwa Seton Catholic School, Pekin, Seymour, Sigourney, Tri County, Van Buren, Wayne.
Family & Educator Coordinator
319-385-9005 or 800-382-8970 Ext. 3034
Districts Covered: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Harmony, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.
Dr. Deb Cook
641-682-8591 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office
Ongoing Learning Opportunities
- Parent Circle Groups meet at ISU Extension: 127 N. Main Mount Pleasant IA
- The Nest of Des Moines Co, A Unique Program for Expectant and Young Families
- Transition Clinic For teens 12 years of age or older. Work together to develop action plan based on family goals to promote teen’s independence, develop portable medical summary, collaborate with education/work transition plans, discuss future plans, activities of daily living and physical activity, guardianship and living arrangements, health insurance coverage, life in the community after high school, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, relationships and sexuality. Clinic visit with the healthcare transition team that may include: Social Worker, Nurse Physician/Nurse Practitioner and/or Employment Specialist. An order/referral from a physician is not needed. Center for Disabilities & Development 877-686-0031 or 319-353-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.uichildrens.org/cdd
- Telecommunications Access Iowa is accepting applications for iPads for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or have Speech Difficulty. iPads are pre-loaded with special accessibility apps that are specific to an individual's communication needs.
Parent Support Groups
The FEC Library contains many resource materials on special education and disabilities that parents and educators served by GPAEA may check out free of charge. GPAEA has two main offices one in Burlington and one in Ottumwa. Materials may be checked out from either office. Resource materials include: Videotapes, Books, Children's books, and IBI/Success 4 Kits.
Each and Every Child, Iowa Department of Education
Parents have rights, known as procedural safeguards, which apply to every aspect of the special education process. State and federal laws and regulations outline what needs to happen to ensure that children with identified disabilities and on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).