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.
Community Action is presenting information identifying resources and programs available in Des Moines County
Time: 1:00 PM-2:00PM Date: July 27, 2018
Where: Insight Partnership Group 1105 Derek Lincoln Drive West Burlington Iowa 52655
Please RSVP: 319-208-1891
This is a free presentation designed to educate the community on how to access programs such as heating assistance, rent reimbursement, weatherization, Parenting classes, vouchers, food pantry, and more
Refreshments will be provided
PACER Symposium about Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration is now open!
Registration Fee: $35, lunch will be provided
Registration is limited. Administrator and teacher CEU's will be available.
Goal of the Symposium
The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents.
The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding: children's mental health and learning disabilities.
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:
- 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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RCRMX9
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.
Transition Related Resources
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.
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.
Dr. Deb Cook
641-682-8591 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office
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
- 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
- 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 Parents (Clarahan)
- Procedural Safeguards Bookmark for Parents (Wallace)
- Regional Coordinators of Disability Services-Full list of Contacts
- Special Education Discipline Guide
- University of Iowa Transition Clinic
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