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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

Transition Process

Flier for Ssuperkid day at Southeaster Comm College March 3, 2018


Flier for ICASE Conference March 8 & 9, 2018


Join the #IamMedicaidIowa Campaign to Raise Awareness about Medicaid Issues During 2018 Legislative Session
Many lawmakers and citizens see dollar signs rather than faces when considering Medicaid Managed Care issues in Iowa.
Help Disability Rights Iowa show lawmakers that Iowans in the Medicaid Managed Care system are just like them. They
want to live in their homes in their communities rather than going to an institution. However, they are unable to do so without
the state sufficiently funding their services.
Join the #IamMedicaidIowa movement and share your story by going to http://disabilityrightsiowa.org/iammedicaidiowa-join-us/

Flier for Deaf Culture Celebration March 23-25, 2018




                                                                   Workshop on Twice Exceptionality
                                                                     Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
                                                                     Friday, April 13-Saturday April 14
                                                   Register now at https://itag_2e_workshop.eventbrite.com 

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 info@iowatag.org 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


sped symposium


                                                                 Mark your calendar for the
                                                         2018 Together We Can Conference!
                                                             Featuring keynote speakers:
                                                             David Harrell & Rylin Rodgers
                                    Saturday, May 5, 2018 | Iowa State Fairgrounds | Free for families
                             Information will soon be available at 
www.askresource.org/togetherwecan

ASK

 

Recorded Learning Opportunities

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

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. 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

A link to our housing and community living portal can be found at https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/housing-and-community-living. 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


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


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.

Dr. Deb Cook
641-682-8591 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office
deb.cook@gpaea.org


Parent Support Groups


Related Links


Related Documents


Newsletters

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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