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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.

Contacts

Annette Clarahan 
Family & Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517
annette.clarahan@gpaea.org

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
kelly.wallace@gpaea.org

Districts Covered: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Harmony, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.

Understanding the Special Education Process

See the materials below to help families and educators better understand special education process.  

Universal Support Material Suggested time for Distribution Link to Order Document
FEP Brochure
  • With Initial and Re-Evaluation Meeting Notices
  • Anytime families need additional information or support

FEP Brochure

Procedural Safeguards
Part B Bookmark
  • Distributed with Procedural Safeguards
  • When there are changes in team members

Bookmark for Regions 1-4

Bookmark for Regions 5-7

Early ACCESS Procedural Safeguards Bookmark
  • Distributed with Procedural Safeguards
  • When there are changes in team members
Bookmark For Early ACCESS
Planning for Your
Child's IEP Meeting
  • With Re-evaluation Meeting Notice 
  • Share as needed
Planning Your Child’s IEP Meeting
Special Education:
Child Find Process
  • With Suspicion of Disability Meeting Notice
  • Share as needed 
Special Education:
Child Find Document

Graduation Guidance for Families

Link to Graduation

                                                     Click here to view the full document. 

Graduation Guidance for IEP Teams 

Link to Graduation Guidance for IEP Teams

                                      Click here to view the full document. 


                       Link to video with information on graduation guidance for families

     Click here to view a video that also explains the changes in
          graduation requirements for students with an IEP.


Link to Iowa Family Leadership Training


Free Online Learning Opportunities
Families and Educators

 pacer workshops

 For free online educational opportunities from the PACER Center please visit http://www.pacer.org/workshops/ 

              Just look for the live streaming symbol below, to find classes offered on the web. 
                                                 link to PACER live streaming                                                                           


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 Related Resources

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 and can be found at https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit 

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

In addition, we have a job portal for individuals with autism https://www.thespectrumcareers.com. It is a free site for employers, service providers and job seekers.

Pacer Center - Transitioning to Life After High School

Pacer Center is a great place for students or young adults with a disability, to explore options for their future. Pacer Center offers student led videos and other resources to help with decisions about life after high school in the areas of; living, learning, working, transportation, health, finances and recreation.  For more information please visit https://www.pacer.org/students/transition-to-life/.

Transition Documents

Parent Support Groups/Classes

Related Links

Related Documents

Newsletters

Other Newsletters

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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