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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


Ottumwa Challenger League offers “adapted baseball” to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.  It provides the opportunity for every student to participate in baseball regardless of ability or limitations.  

Challenger League advocates the use of a ‘Buddy System.’  Players who are unable to play independently
may be assisted by a parent, friend, or sibling.

Students ages 5-21 (or until the completion of high school) are eligible to play.  Registration is open to
anyone who resides in Ottumwa or the surrounding communities.

If you, or someone that you know, are interested in playing or have questions, please contact Ellen Moreland, Challenger League Coordinator, at 641-799-0825.

Deadline for registering is March 20th.


Flier for Deaf Culture Celebration March 23-25, 2018

Flier Training for Parents of Children with special and Physical Needs 04-09-2018 in Ottumwa

                                                                   Workshop on Twice Exceptionality
                                                                     Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
                                                                     Friday, April 13-Saturday April 14
                                                   Register now at 

Training educators to meet the academic and affective needs of twice exceptional students is a critical need in Iowa. ITAG’s spring workshop for gifted and special needs educators and administrators will assist district teams in developing plans to address these challenges and to learn instructional approaches that emphasize rigor. Teachers and all educational personnel can benefit from professional development on the characteristics and performance of twice exceptional students, which will increase the probability that these students will be identified and appropriately served with both gifted and special education services. Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction.

Presenters include Megan Foley-Nicpon from the University of Iowa and Rebecca Lopez and Julie MacKissock from Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, Colorado. Iowa educators will share their approaches in breakout sessions.

Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction. Register four people from your district and ITAG will waive the registration fee for one administrator from your district!  Contact for more information.

Registration is limited to 200 attendees.   All workshop sessions will be held at the Central Rivers AEA1521 Technology Pkwy, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 .

Flier for Day of the Child April 2018 Burlington IA

Link to April 27, 2018 Autism Innovations in Research and Care Conference



Link to May 5, 2018 Together We Can Conference

sped symposium

Link to Aug 2018 ICATER Conference



Recorded Learning Opportunities

Disability Rights of Iowa Speaks to GPAEA  Families about Child Find and Manifestation Determination.  Click here to watch the full video.  

Link to get free ebooks for early readers

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:

  1. Purchase of equipment, respite care, supplies, or assistive technology.
  2. Payment of other costs that relate to the individual’s disability.

For more information, click here.

Transition Toolkit

The Transition Toolkit provides valuable information on the transition to adulthood. Topics include, self-advocacy, independent living skills, legal matters, and many other important topics. The transition page includes state specific transition timelines.

Family members of adolescents and young adults with autism between the ages of 13 and 22 in the United States may request a complimentary hard copy of the Transition Tool Kit by filling out the Transition Tool Kit order form. Transition Tool Kit Hardcopy Request

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 link to our housing and community living portal can be found at A pdf of the Housing and Residential Supports Toolkit can be found at

In addition, we have a job portal for individuals with autism It is a free site for employers, service providers and job seekers.

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.

Anxiety: Why It’s Different From StressLink to UNDERSTOOD.ORG

  • Anxiety is not uncommon among children with learning and attention issues.
  • There’s a difference between anxiety and stress.
  • There are steps you can take to help your child manage anxiety.

Click here for the full article. 

New 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.


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
319-753-6561 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.

Dr. Deb Cook
641-682-8591 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office

Parent Support Groups

Related Links

Related Documents


Each and Every Child, Iowa Department of Education

Center Lines, Newsletter from the U of IA Center for Disabilities and Development


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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