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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.


Annette Clarahan 
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.

Kelly Wallace
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.

Understanding the Special Education Process

See the materials below to help families and educators better understand 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


Graduation Guidance for Families

Graduation Guidance for IEP Teams

Link to Graduation Link to Graduation Guidance for IEP Teams
Click here to view the full document
for families. 
Click here to view the full document
for IEP teams. 


                                Link to video with information on graduation guidance for families

                       Click here to view a video that explains the changes in
                            graduation requirements for students with an IEP.

    Does Your Child Need Behavior Supports at School?

    What is a Functional Behavior Assessment?

    What is a Behavior Intervention Plan?

    Click on the booklets below to learn more.

Click here for the full BIP Booklet. Click here for the full FBA Booklet. 



                           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.

Become a Trained Parent Mentor

Sign up to become a parent mentor at our free training in Des Moines on January 25! The goal of the Parents as Partners in Mentoring workshop is to develop a network of dedicated parent volunteers that provide support and expertise for families by giving them the skills and supports they need to help their child with a disability reach their full potential.


Des Moines

Dates: Saturday, January 25

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Location: DMACC Urban Campus Bldg 1, Room 101, 1100 7th St, Des Moines, IA 50314


RSVP at This training is free, but registration is required. Lunch and training materials will be provided, and participation stipends are available!

ASL Groups Held in Central & Eastern Iowa

Through the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention project, ASK has partnered with parent leaders across Iowa to host community- and awareness-building activities for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing and their families. These activities are semi-structured with the primary goal of providing access to American Sign Language (ASL) to young children and their families. Activities are scheduled through Spring 2020 in three Iowa cities.



Dates: Wednesday, January 8, February 12 & March 11

Time: 4:30-5:15 pm

Location: Grimes Public Library, 200 N James St, Grimes, IA 50111


Eldridge (Quad Cities)

Dates: Saturday, January 11, February 1, March 7 & March 28

Time: 10:00-10:45 am

Location: Scott County Library, Eldridge Branch, 200 N 6th Ave, Eldridge, IA 52748



Dates: The group meets Tuesdays & Thursdays when school is in session

Time: 4:00-5:00 pm

Location: Lincoln Elementary School, 302 Cedar Bend St, Waterloo, IA 50703


Read more about these activities at

2020 Iowa Peer Support & Family Peer Support Trainings

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

Read more


Link to U of IA Autism Workshop Series Feb. 2020

link to flier

Link to Iowa Family Leadership Training

Free Online Learning Opportunities
Families and Educators

 pacer workshops

 For free online educational opportunities from the PACER Center please visit 

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

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 

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

In addition, we have a job portal for individuals with autism 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

Transition Documents

Parent Support Groups/Classes

Related Links

Related Documents


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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