Family & Educator Partnership/FEP works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote 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.
Family & Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517
Districts Covered: Albia, Cardinal, Centerville, Chariton, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Keota, Moravia, Moulton - Udell, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa Christian, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Christian, Ottumwa Seton Catholic School, Pekin, Seymour, Sigourney, Tri-County, Wayne.
Family & Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 3034
Districts Covered: Burlington, Burlington Notre Dame, Central Lee, Danville, Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Holy Trinity, Keokuk, Keokuk Catholic, Maharishi, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Van Buren, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.
Family and Educator Advocacy/Legal Resources
Disability Rights Iowa aims to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans with disabilities and mental illness. We promote safety, opportunity, access, and self-determination for all Iowans.
ASK Resources is a family-focused nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and their family members by providing innovative and collaborative advocacy, training, resources and supports. Its vision is access, empowerment and acceptance for all.
Iowa Legal Aid Iowa Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance and does not charge our clients for legal services.
Click here for an information video to help families and educators understand the guardianship/conservatorship process.
Free Support for Children with Disabilities
Rent or respite care? Groceries or adaptive clothing? For parents of children with disabilities, choosing between their family’s basic needs and disability-related items can often be difficult. Many services, devices, and equipment are available to aid in the development and improve a child’s quality of life. Unfortunately, insurance and other programs may only cover a portion of the cost, or perhaps not at all.
The Children at Home (CaH) Program may be able to help families with some of these expenses. *
Children at Home (CaH) is a non-profit program of the Iowa Family Support Network and can help families caring for a child (up to age 22) with a disability by providing financial assistance for items or services not covered by other programs.
Examples may include special adaptive devices, out-of-area travel expenses, respite care or educational seminars for caregivers, special camps, and items to make your home safe or more accessible for a child. If an item or service provides a direct benefit to a child and is related to the child’s disability, families may qualify for a minimum of $700 in assistance per child annually.
FUNDING IS AVAILABLE! CONTACT US TODAY! If you have questions about this program or to refer someone to apply for assistance, please contact the Iowa Family Support Network:
- 1-888-IAKIDS1 (1-888-425-4371)
- IAFamilySupportNetwork@Everystep.org (email)
- IAFamilySupportNetwork.org (website)
- Income guidelines apply
Iowa IDEA Information (i3)
The Iowa Department of Education, AEAs, and districts have developed the Iowa IDEA Information (i3) website to provide parents, families, educators, and partner agencies with a one-stop-shop for procedures, guidance, and resources for both early intervention and special education. To access these additional resources, please visit the Resources page within i3.
Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Site
Check out the Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community site. There is some great content here including an informational video where you will learn about Iowa programs for young adults with special needs. Some of the topics covered are; Medicaid, HCBS waivers, supported employment, and much more. All of the resources covered in the video have also been posted to the site for easy access. We have created a shortcut document for this webinar to help viewers easily locate information within the video to share with families, educators, and others. Click here for the document.
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Are you interested in learning more about Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services? As an educator, would you like to know how to refer families and what services they can provide? Click here to watch a short video featuring Jaime Claywell-Herrera, IVRS Counselor, describing Voc Rehab's services available to all LEAs and identified students in Iowa.
NAMI Basics OnDemand
NAMI Basics OnDemand is a free, six-session online education program for parents, caregivers, and other family members who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI Basics OnDemand is an adaptation of the in-person course offered in 43 states by NAMI affiliates.
Register today: https://basics.nami.org
- Autism Society or 1-800-3-AUTISM
- CHADD: The National Resource on ADHD
- Children at Home: Assistance in securing services and support to help children remain at home.
- Department of Education
- Disability Rights Iowa
- Easter Seals Iowa
- Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa
- Information and Referral Search, 2-1-1 help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, etc.
- Iowa Compass Disability Resources Database
- Iowa Family Support Network
- Iowa IDEA Information (i3) website
- NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Tourette Syndrome Association
- Office of Civil Rights
- Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
- Parent Guide to Section 504 from the Iowa Department of Education
- Parent Training and Information/ASK Resource Center
- Special Education Resources for Families and Educators
- Understood: for Learning & Attention Issues
- US Department of Education Publications
Parent Support Groups
Resources for Families and Educators
- FEP Brochure
- FEP Brochure -Spanish
- Bookmark for Regions 4-6
- Bookmark for Regions 1-3
- Bookmark For Early ACCESS
- Planning for Your Child’s IEP Meeting
- Planning for Your Child's IEP Meeting -Spanish
- Special Education: Child Find Document
- Special Education: Child Find Document -Spanish
- Functional Behavior Assessment
- Behavior Intervention Plan
- Supported Decision Making
- Procedural Safeguards Manual: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities Ages 3-21 in Multiple Languages
- Summary of Procedural Safeguards for Parents: Talking Points for IEP Teams
- Procedural Safeguards Manual of Parents Rights for Children Ages Birth-3
- Procedural Safeguards Manual of Parents Rights for Children Ages Birth-3 in Multiple Languages
- Autism Speaks-Transition Tool Kit
- Autism Speaks- Housing and Community Living
- Autism Speaks- Housing and Residential Supports
- Autism Speaks- Job Portal
- PACER Center- Transition to life after High School
- Secondary Transition Website; Transition Iowa
- The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities