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.
Opportunities for Fun
Free On-line Learning Opportunities
please visit http://www.pacer.org/workshops/
Dynamic Online Resources for Students
Does your student have an endangered species project to complete, need to make a poster about a country, need photos for a presentation on the Civil War, or just want a good book to read? Great Prairie Area Education Agency provides over 20 dynamic online resources for students in grades PreK-12 enrolled in an accredited Iowa school. Iowa students have access at school and at home (Internet access required), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. These online resources give your child access to a wealth of information for assignments, classroom projects, and personal interest.
When accessing these online resources, students use information skills of finding, evaluating and using information; technology skills; and literacy skills in reading, analysis, and problem solving. The online resources are important tools for students to use and understand and will provide them with lifelong skills. Here’s a picture of the resources available:
As you can see, there is a lot to explore. Here are just a few highlights:
- BookFLIX (PreK-3) - An online literacy resource that pairs fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction books. Read-aloud feature provides accessibility to all readers. Vocabulary feature and interactive games extend student learning.
- Britannica Digital Learning (PreK-12) - A suite of products designed to support student research and classroom instruction, Britannica Digital Learning offers an extensive collection of reference and learning materials that are curriculum aligned and age-appropriate. When in need of a general encyclopedia, Britannica is a good choice.
- Learn360 – (PreK-12) - Educational streaming media offering thousands of full-length digital videos, video clips, images, audio files, newsreels, speeches and a comprehensive library of teaching resources from educational publishers.
- MackinVIA - (PreK-12) A portal for hundreds of titles in eBook and audiobook formats. There are titles for all grade levels, both fiction and nonfiction. A MackinVIA app is available so these books can be used on devices such as cell phones and tablets.
- Teen Health & Wellness (7-12) - Provides students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, online safety, financial literacy, and more.
Students may access these online resources through GPAEA’s SNAP online catalog. Students will need their building login to sign in to SNAP. Once logged in, scroll towards the bottom of the page and there are links for all of the different online resources. If you don’t know your building’s login, please contact your school’s teacher librarian or Jane Frizzell, GPAEA Media Integration Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-682-8591 ext 5265.
Join a Discussion
Do you have a child who’s struggling to learn and want to discuss this with other parents or experts? Understood.org offers a secure place for parents to connect with other families of children with learning and attention issues. Click here to see the full list of discussion topics.
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.
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
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/ .
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
- 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
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