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KEEPING YOU INFORMED
July 15, 2016
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In This Issue...
NEWS & INFORMATION

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER REGARDING EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT
From the Office of Special Education Programs
 
The U.S. Department of Education is issuing two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking to implement provisions of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regarding assessments. Passed with bipartisan support, ESSA requires all states and districts to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and other historically  under-served  groups are ready for college and career. To measure progress against that goal and maintain a critical focus on educational equity and excellence for all, the law maintains provisions that require states to administer to all students annual statewide assessments in reading language/arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school, as well as assessments once in each grade span in science, and includes important protections to ensure that all students are offered appropriate accommodations when needed, and that all students are held to the same high standards. Click here to continue reading http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/nprmsassessmentfactsheet762016.pdf.
SUPREME COURT ASKS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR OPINION ON FAPE
From the Disability Law & Policy E-newsletter

The Supreme Court of the United States asked the Obama administration to offer an opinion on a case known as Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District that was brought by the parents of a Colorado child with autism who removed their son from the Douglas County School District. The parents enrolled their child in a private school and sought reimbursement from the public school district, arguing that their son had not been provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE), as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, a hearing officer and the U.S. District of Colorado Court found that the school had provided FAPE because the boy received some educational benefit. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this decision, and the family appealed to the Supreme Court.

Some courts have found that if an individual's education plan provides a child with more than a trivial educational benefit, then they have fulfilled their requirements under IDEA in providing FAPE, while other courts have found that the Act requires a heightened educational benefit. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, it could resolve this conflict among the courts and provide guidance for parents and educators about rights and obligations under IDEA. Click here for the full story: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/06/14/supreme-court-considers-fape/22414/
EPILEPSY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF CARERS ACT
From the Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois, Iowa & Nebraska

The Epilepsy Foundation has joined several other patient groups in a group letter led by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) sent to Senator Grassley and Representative Pitts urging them to bring the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act for a committee vote.
 
The Epilepsy Foundation strongly supports federal cannabis legislation that would lift federal barriers to cannabis research and create safe, legal access to medical cannabis in the states, including the CARERS Act. Learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation's position on medical cannabis, and view their position statement on cannabis legislation.
 
Urge Congress to support the CARERS Act at http://bit.ly/CARERS2016.
FINAL RULES FOR WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT
From the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

The RSA is proud to announce the posting of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) final rules. View the final rules , along with several guidance documents , on the RSA website at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-final-rules.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term.
TRAINING & ADVOCACY

COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON DISABILITY AND AGING ADVOCACY
Wednesday, August 10  |  1:00-4:00 pm  |  Held at five different locations
 
The Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council (SICL) invites consumers and other advocates from the Iowa disability and aging community to come together for a conversation about Disability and Aging Advocacy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
1:00-4:00 pm
Sioux City, Des Moines, Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities
Meeting l ocations will be announced at a later date

All five sites will be connected remotely in order to provide information on Iowa disability and aging advocacy efforts to everyone attending across the state. After the collective discussion, each site will break into small groups to have conversations about advocacy with predetermined questions being asked, and responses recorded in each group. The meeting will wrap with a report from each site.
 
Iowa SILC also invites you to join the Voice of Iowa - Disability and Aging Advocates (VIDAA) Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VoiceofIowa/.
2016 IOWA APSE EMPLOYMENT SUMMIT
September 28 & 29  | Des Moines | Registration coming soon
 
Innovate, Integrate, Motivate: Employment First in Iowa
September 28 & 29, 2016
Airport Holiday Inn
6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines
 
Hear national leaders in the ­field share their perspectives. Click here for flyer. Registration materials available later this month. For more information, contact Paul Kiburz at iowa.apse@gmail.com or (319) 350-7488.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

CELEBRATE 26 YEARS OF THE ADA AT EVENTS ACROSS THE STATE
The events listed are free and open to the public

DES MOINES

What:  CICIL ADA Stroll & Roll
When:  Wednesday, July 20
Time:  11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Meet at the Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (CICIL) office located in the Hub, 655 Walnut St #131, Des Moines

RSVP via email to reyma@cicil.org.
QUAD CITIES

What:   ADA Block Party Celebration
When: Friday, July 22
Time:  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living (IICIL), 501 11th St, Rock Island, IL


Questions? Call IICIL at (309) 793-0090
IOWA CITY

What:  Iowa City Celebrating Access for All!
When:  Saturday, July 23
Time
: 10:00 am - noon
Where:  Ped Mall, Iowa City
CEDAR RAPIDS

What: PADS Cedar Rapids ADA Celebration & Kernels Game
When: Saturday, July 23
Time: 3:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd SW, Cedar Rapids


FREE IOWA SENIOR WELLNESS & SECURITY EXPOS JULY 19-21
Event held 
in Des Moines, Creston, and Council Bluffs 

The following information is being provided to inform Iowans of an upcoming educational event, it is not an endorsement of Iowa Congressman David Young.
 
Congressman Young has organized the Iowa Senior Wellness and Security Expo, an event aimed to connect Iowa seniors, their families, and caretakers with the variety of services and resources available to them. Free health screenings, drug disposal, casework assistance, presentations on Social Security and Medicare, and representatives from over 60 Iowa organizations!  Click here for more information.

 

EXPO LOCATIONS:


DES MOINES - Tuesday, July 19   9:00 am-noon
Iowa Center for Higher Education, 2280 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA
 
CRESTON - Wednesday, July 20   9:00 am-noon
Southwestern Community College, Room 180, 1501 West Townline St, Creston, IA
 
COUNCIL BLUFFS - Thursday, July 21   9:00 am-noon
New Horizon Presbyterian Church, 30 Valley View Dr, Council Bluffs, IA
SAVE THE DATE FOR WALK THE TALK IOWA'S 2016 5K RUN WALK ROLL
Saturday, October 1, 2016  | Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill

Walk the Talk Iowa Bullying Prevention, a project of ASK Resource Center, is excited to announce the date and location of the 2016 5K RUN WALK ROLL! Mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill. Registration and check-in begins at 8:00 am and the 5K race begins at 9:00 am. Race details and registration will be available on July 25 at www.walkthetalkiowa.org and www.askresource.org.
MISCELLANEOUS

APPLE WATCH INTRODUCES WHEELCHAIR FITNESS TRACKING FEATURE
From the Disability Law & Policy E-newsletter

Apple Watch will soon be able to track the activity levels of individuals who use wheelchairs. The software update, watchOS 3.0, coming later this year, will have wheelchair specific settings. This will make Apple Watch the first fitness tracker that is accessible to users of wheelchairs.

The update will offer workouts designed for people who use wheelchairs and reminders that it is "time to roll" when the individual has not moved for a certain amount of time. Apple collaborated with physical fitness groups of individuals with disabilities to come up with the update. It required new scientific studies of the effects of different floor surfaces, among many other factors, to calculate how many calories a person burns when using a wheelchair. Click here for the full story: https://themighty.com/2016/06/apple-watch-to-offer-first-wheelchair-fitness-tracking-feature/
GOOGLE TO RELEASE NEW ACCESSIBILITY FEATURE FOR ANDROID
From the Disability Law & Policy E-newsletter

Voice Access allows cell phone users who have severe motor disabilities to completely control their phones with their voice. The new program will be released on the Android N software update that is scheduled to roll out later this year.

Google has been prioritizing accessibility for a number of years. App developers for Android devices who follow Google's best accessibility practices should already have plain English commands in place for Voice Access. Google expects that Voice Access will be popular not just with the disability community but with all Android users. Click here for the full story: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3060028/googles-latest-accessibility-feature-is-so-good-everyone-will-use-it 
PWSA OF IOWA SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER
From the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Iowa

View the Prader-Willi Association of Iowa's  Summer 2016 newsletterYou can also find this newsletter on their website at  www.pwsaiowa.org/summer2016 .
POSITION AVAILABLE AT UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL IOWA
Application deadline: Tuesday, July 26

United Way of Central Iowa is seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Community Impact Executive Assistant. Click here to view the job posting.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume to careers@unitedwaydm.org by Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
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