The Parent & Educator Connection works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success for all children and youth with disabilities.
PEC coordinators work with parents, educators, and local school districts to provide PEC programs, services, and activities; they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs. Please call your PEC coordinator for more information about what the PEC can do for you.
2015 Mini-Conference Series; PLANNING FOR SUCCESSFUL Transitions Preparing Youth for Adult Living, Learning and working A FREE MINI CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS, YOUTH (13+) & PROFESSIONALS. May 16, 2015 Cedar Rapids Human Services, June 13, 2015 Waterloo Clarion Inn. REGISTER ONLINE! www.ifapa.org/events/special-event-registration-form.asp
June 2 & 3, 2015: Great Prairie AEA, Ottumwa. The University of Iowa College of Education’s Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER) will host four Assistive Technology Summer Institutes to address assistive technology issues in education. The institutes will provide unique hands-on learning opportunities. ICATER will create onsite AT labs showing how to successfully use software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzwell 3000, Read and Write Gold, and Clicker 6 in the classroom setting. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events.
July 8-11, 2015: Connect, Learn, Advocate, and Thrive: 46th Annual Autism Society National Conference
Join us for our 46th Annual Autism Society National Conference and join us in Denver, Colorado on July 8 – 11, 2015.
September 22-24. 2015: The Iowa Transition Conference will be held at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, Iowa. Participants have the opportunity to attend sessions on transition planning, assessment and services appropriate for parents, students, educators, AEA and agencies living, learning and working with students with disabilities. The conference will also offer an Exhibit Hall to learn more about transition services and products and offer networking opportunities. Costs: Wednesday is a full day for $100.00 and includes breakfast and lunch; Thursday is a half day for $65.00 and includes breakfast with a keynote in the late morning before conference closing. No lunch will be provided.
September 25 & 26, 2015: Parents as Presenters. You are invited to apply for “Parents as Presenters”. The workshop will teach and demonstrate the skills you need to effectively share your story with college students and community providers. You will be learning and working with other parents who have children with disabilities during the workshop. There are no registration costs for attending the workshop. Participants will be selected through an application process. The applicants selected to attend the workshop will receive a stipend of $375.00 per family to assist with some of the expenses incurred by attending the workshop. (For example: hotel, meals, costs for travel or childcare.)
Transition Clinic For teens 12 years of age or older. We will 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
February 15-18, 2016: Learning Disabilities of America, 53rd Annual International Conference Orlando, FL.
Parent & Educator Connection brochure
Materials or Information available from PEC staff:
Parent Support Groups:
The PEC 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.
Parent 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.
Parent Educator Coordinator
319-385-9005 or 800-382-8970 Ext. 3034 email@example.com
Districts Covered: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Harmony, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.
Regional Special Education Director
319-753-6561 Ext. 2115 Burlington Office
Related Links & Documents
Each and Every Child, Iowa Department of Education
Iowa COMPASS Newletter
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).