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.
Check out the new Child Find Document!
A great resource to help parents and educators understand the child find process.
Join us for the 2018 Make Your Mark! Conference.
We are offering FREE registration for up to 150 individuals with disabilities, family members and direct care
support professionals accompanying a participant*.
On October 24-26, the 2018 International DCDT Conference will be at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Hundreds of educators, support staff, transition specialists and adult service providers will gather to learn about the latest and most innovative research and practices in transition, as well as, to network with others that share a passion for transitioning individuals with disabilities.
The pre-conference, October 24, focuses on two important issues in transition: legal, (Improve Your Transition Position: Legal Issues in Transition for Secondary & Post-Secondary Settings); and mental health, (Thoughtful Transitions: Navigating Knowns & Unknowns for Our Students and Ourselves). October 25-26, attendees will choose from presentations in the following areas:
- Family/Community Partnerships
- Transition to Employment
- Transition to Individual Living
- Transition to Post-Secondary Education
- Transition Assessment
- Culturally Responsive Practice
- Instructional Practices/Use of Technology
- Mental Health/Substance Abuse
Use this link for conference Information and registration http://www.cvent.com/d/8gq1rh/1Q
Free On-line Learning Opportunities
please visit http://www.pacer.org/workshops/
FREE IEP Binder Building Tools
Making an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up-to-date on your child's progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child's IEP team.
Click here to download free IEP Binder resources from Understood.org
Children at Home
The Children at Home program is designed to assist you and your family in securing the services and supports that you identify as necessary in helping your child remain at home. An underlying principle of the Children at Home program is that you and your family retain control of decisions which affect your child and family. Financial assistance is intended to enable you to obtain those services and supports which are not met by other programs.
This program is designed to assist families raising a child with a disability in obtaining needed services and supports. The Family's intent must be to secure services and support that enable their child to remain in the family home.
“Services and support” help children with disabilities to remain at home, function more independently, and increase community inclusion. Services and support may include, but are not limited to, funding for:
- Purchase of equipment, respite care, supplies, or assistive technology.
- Payment of other costs that relate to the individual’s disability.
The Impacts of Tourette Syndrome Study
How has having Tourette Syndrome or a Tic Disorder affected you or your family? The Tourette Association of America is looking for participants to take a brief survey on the impacts of having Tourette Syndrome or a Tic Disorder. Click below to take the survey. Click here to take the survey.
Kids who struggle with self-regulation and self-control may have frequent meltdowns or find it hard to wind down.
Get expert tips and resources to better understand these challenges- and learn ways to help.
Transition Related Resources
For professionals, service providers, and family members of individuals with autism outside the U.S. and those who do not fall in the age range, we encourage you to download the kit free of charge. Transition Toolkit Download Form
A pdf of the Housing and Residential Supports Toolkit can be found at https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/housing_tool_kit_web2.pdf
Guide to Mobile Apps for Transition-age Youth
Many free and low-cost mobile apps are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living. With so many options, where do you begin? A new PACER book, “The Path to Independence: Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth,” includes apps that parents and professionals have found useful and well-designed. Download a copy or call 952-838-9000 to order. http://www.pacer.org/transition/resource-library/publications/NPC-59.pdf
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
319-753-6561 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.
Parent Support Groups/Classes
- Ft. Madison/Keokuk Salute to Parents of ASD and Non-Typical Individuals
- Mt. Pleasant - Our Special Kids
- Oskaloosa - Families of Autism
- Ottumwa - Rocking the Spectrum
- The Nest of Des Moines County; Spring Parent Education Schedule
- Autism Society or 1-800-3-AUTISM
- CHADD: The National Resource on ADHD
- 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
- NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Tourette Syndrome Association
- Office of Civil Rights
- Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
- Parent Training and Information/ASK Resource Center
- Secondary Transition Website; Transition Iowa
- Understood: for learning & attention issues
- US Department of Education Publications
- Youth Advocate to Advocate
- Child Find Document for Special Education
- Education Terms/Definitions
- Family Resource Guide
- IA Family & Educator Partnership Brochure
- IA Family & Educator Partnership State Wide Repository
- IFSP vs. IEP
- Impact of Home-School Partnerships
- Parents Guide to Transition Planning Brochure
- Parent Rights Summary
- Planning for Your Childs IEP Meeting
- Procedural Safeguards Bookmark for Part B Parents (Zones 1-4, Clarahan)
- Procedural Safeguards Bookmark for Part B Parents (Zones 5-7, Wallace)
- Procedural Safeguards Bookmark for Early ACCESS Parents
- Regional Coordinators of Disability Services-Full list of Contacts
- Special Education Discipline Guide
- University of Iowa Transition Clinic
- 2018 September
- 2018 March
- 2018 January
- 2017 December
- 2017 October
- 2017 March
- 2017 January
- 2016 September
- 2016 April
- 2016 February
- 2015 December
- 2015 October