Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP - Great Prairie Area Education Agency

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP

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.


Training Opportunities​​    Oskaloosa Respect Training


ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities

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.

Exhibitors will display latest information on services and products.

Friday, February 10, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Central Time

Johnston Lions Club
6401 Merle Hay Rd
Johnston, Iowa 50131

Sponsored by:



Iowa City
Saturday, February 18
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Council Bluffs
Saturday, March 11
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Des Moines
Thursday, March 23 & 30
5:30-8:30 pm
  • 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.


  Des Moines
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


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 for registration application and other details.


Annette Clarahan 
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.

Kelly Wallace
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 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.

Related Links

Related Documents


Each and Every Child, Iowa Department of Education


Procedural Safeguards for Parents

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).
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