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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.

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-Fremont, Fairfield, Keota, Maharishi, Moravia, Moulton - Udell, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa Christian, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Christian, 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, Burlington Notre Dame, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Holy Trinity, Keokuk, Keokuk Catholic, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.


 

                                          

The Iowa Department of Education, AEAs, and districts have developed the Iowa IDEA Information (i3) website to provide parents, families, educators, and partner agencies with a one-stop-shop for procedures, guidance, and resources for both early intervention and special education. To access these additional resources, please visit the Resources page within i3. 

 


"ASK an Expert" Webinar Series FAQs on Return 2 Learn with Dr. Barb Guy, Iowa Dept. of Education's Special Education Director Now Available on the ASK Resources YouTube Channel

   

During these recorded webinar sessions, Dr. Barb Guy, Iowa Department of Education's Director of Special Education and Thomas Mayes, Iowa Department of Education's Special Education Attorney, answered some of the questions families most frequently contact the ASK an Advocate Helpline regarding Return 2 Learn.

                                         

For more resources please visit the Compendium of Resources for Districts, Schools and IEP Teams, so that, Students Receiving Special Education Access, Participate and Progress in Virtual, Hybrid and On-Site Educational Services.  Here you will find resources to address the standard of IDEA under the current pandemic situation.  This document is intended to organize available resources and will be revised on an ongoing basis. 

The document can be overwhelming, so we choose a few items that might be of interest to families and educators:


  Have you been invited to attend an IEP meeting via Zoom?
  Are you unsure how to use Zoom?
 
Click here for step-by-step directions.  



Check out the Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community site.  There is some great content here including an informational video where you will learn about Iowa programs for young adults with special needs.  Some of the topics covered are; Medicaid, HCBS waivers, supported employment, and much more.   All of the resources covered in the video have also been posted to the site for easy access.  We have created a shortcut document for this webinar to help viewers easily locate information within the video to share with families, educators and others.  Click here for the document.   


 

                             IVRS Logo and Link to video 

Are you interested in learning more about Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services? As an educator, would you like to know how to refer families and what services they can provide? Click here to watch a short video featuring Jaime Claywell-Herrera, IVRS Counselor, describing Voc Rehab's services available to all LEAs and identified students in Iowa.


 

                 

       This informational video will help families and educators
        understand the guardianship/conservatorship process.  




2020 Iowa Peer Support & Family Peer Support Trainings

Prospective Peer and Family Peer Support Specialists can take advantage of upcoming training opportunities to increase
marketability, improve skills, and have a pulse on the mental health landscape in Iowa.

Read more at www.askresource.org or www.askresource.org/news/iowa-family-peer-support-2020-trainings
 


Free Online Learning Opportunities for Families and Educators pacer workshops

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

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


Understanding the Special Education Process

See the materials below to help families and educators better understand the 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

Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Distributed when a Functional Behavior Assessment is discussed with families

Functional Behavior Assessment

Behavior Intervention Plan
 
  • Distributed when a Behavior Intervention Plan is considered.  

                        All of these documents and more are available at:
                   Special Education Resources for Families and Educators


Transition Related Resources

Transition Related Websites

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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