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.
CHALLENGER BASEBALL LEAGUE
Ottumwa Challenger League offers “adapted baseball” to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. It provides the opportunity for every student to participate in baseball regardless of ability or limitations.
Challenger League advocates the use of a ‘Buddy System.’ Players who are unable to play independently
may be assisted by a parent, friend, or sibling.
Students ages 5-21 (or until the completion of high school) are eligible to play. Registration is open to
anyone who resides in Ottumwa or the surrounding communities.
If you, or someone that you know, are interested in playing or have questions, please contact Ellen Moreland, Challenger League Coordinator, at 641-799-0825.
Deadline for registering is March 20th.
Workshop on Twice Exceptionality
Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
Friday, April 13-Saturday April 14
Register now at https://itag_2e_workshop.eventbrite.com
Training educators to meet the academic and affective needs of twice exceptional students is a critical need in Iowa. ITAG’s spring workshop for gifted and special needs educators and administrators will assist district teams in developing plans to address these challenges and to learn instructional approaches that emphasize rigor. Teachers and all educational personnel can benefit from professional development on the characteristics and performance of twice exceptional students, which will increase the probability that these students will be identified and appropriately served with both gifted and special education services. Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction.
Presenters include Megan Foley-Nicpon from the University of Iowa and Rebecca Lopez and Julie MacKissock from Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, Colorado. Iowa educators will share their approaches in breakout sessions.
Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction. Register four people from your district and ITAG will waive the registration fee for one administrator from your district! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 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.
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.
New 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
- 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
- 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
- Age of Majority - Parent Guide
- Age of Majority - Student Info
- Education Terms/Definitions
- Family Resource Guide
- IA Family & Educator Partnership Brochure
- 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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