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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.

Check out the new Child Find Document! 

A great resource to help parents and educators understand the child find process.

Link to Iowa Dept of Ed Child Find Document

Click here to view the full document.

Training Opportunities

Join us for NAMI Iowa's Annual Conference!

This year features exciting keynote speakers from NAMI National and Iowa stakeholders, such as DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven. This conference features three tracks for breakout sessions so you can hear experts on subjects that interest you! The three tracks are: "Serving All Populations," "Emerging Trends & Treatments," and "Organizational Leadership." Please note, CEUs for peer support, nursing, social work, and alcohol & drug counseling are pending; you may enroll in CEUs when completing the registration form.

Register Now for Early Bird Pricing

Flier for Resourse Fair at Burlington High School on 11-28-2018

Opportunities for Fun 

2018 Sensory Friendly Movie Showings in Ottumwa IA

2018 YMCA Programs for Children with Disabilities


Free On-line Learning Opportunities

                                   For free on-line 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 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:

dynamic online learning picture

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 jane.frizzell@gpaea.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.link to understood.org    

 

 


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
 

 
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 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


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.


Parent Support Groups/Classes


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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