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.
Feb. 12, 2014 12:00-1:00 p.m. & Feb. 13, 2014 6:30-8:00 p.m. Webinar-Assistive Technology for Children: What it is and what it can do for independence and success.
Feb. 20, 2014 12:00-1:00 p.m. Webinar- Making Assistive Techhnology Decisions with Students and Parents
Feb. 27, 2014 6:30-8:00 p.m. Webinar- Do You Know Your Rights to Assistive Technology
March 20-23, 2014: Tourette Syndrome National Conference
Youth leadership Forum: The Division of Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department for the Blind and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is sponsoring a leadership training program for students with disabilities. Approximately 30 juniors and seniors with disabilities will be selected. Students will be diverse in disability, gender, ethnicity, and geographical location. Application Deadline is March 2014. For more details visit http://www.humanrights.iowa.gov/pd/leadership_forum/youth.html
June 23-24, 2014: 2014 Midwest Summer Institute, Cedar Falls, IA. Audience: Individuals on the autism spectrum and others with developmental disabilities: friends, allies, families: educators, therapists and support providers.
Every Tuesday: Parent Circle Groups meet at ISU Extension: 127 N. Main Mount Pleasant IA
2013/2014: Autism Training Opportunities offered by Great Prairie AEA
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
641-672-2546 Ext. 5517 Oskaloosa Office
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 Ext. 3034 Mt. Pleasant Office
Districts Covered: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Harmony, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.
Related Links & 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).