Mercy, AmeriHealth Reach Deal to Continue Treating 220,000 Iowans
One of Iowa’s largest hospital and clinic systems has reached a deal to continue treating more than 220,000 poor or disabled Iowans covered by the Medicaid managed care company AmeriHealth Caritas.  Continue reading
Disability Advocates Protest Medicaid Cuts
In what’s being billed as a national day of action, dozens of advocacy groups are joining members of Congress to sound alarm bells about proposed cuts to Medicaid, which they say will have severe consequences for people with disabilities. Continue reading
Sibling Support Group in West Des Moines on July 1

Date:     Saturday, July 1

Time:     10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:   Lutheran Church of Hope 

925 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines

The cost to participate is $10 for one child, and $5 for each additional child (limit of $20). Find out more and sign up today!

From the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center:
Making Curriculum Accessible for All Children
Watch a short summary video about eight types of curriculum modifications. Accompanying resources include a tip sheet for teachers, an observation checklist for supervisors, and presentation slides embedded with activities and videos for trainers and professional development providers. These materials introduce curriculum modifications and when and why to use them.
ADHD and Boredom: What You Need to Know

Complaining about being bored from time to time is just part of being a kid. But for kids with ADHD and ADD, boredom can be a frequent problem. And it can play out in ways that have negative consequences. Here's what you need to know...

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Virtual Brain Injury Support Group
The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa is now offering a virtual/telephone-based support group to Iowans. Many individuals may not feel ready to attend a brain injury support group in-person or do not live near one. Not everyone needs a counselor, but everyone can benefit from peer support!

Wednesday, June 28  |   5:30- 7:00 PM  |   Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions how to join the webinar. Questions? Please contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa at (855) 444-6443 or
Exercise and Fitness Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Families, therapists, and care providers are encouraged to browse the exercise and fitness resources from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD).

The extensive list offers guidance and describe various exercise techniques, adaptations, programming, and related exercise equipment that can be used by, for, and in working with individuals with a variety of disabilities and health conditions.

Here are just a few examples of the wealth of resources you will find on the NCHPAD site:

Access the full list of resources and guidance at:
Resources for Engaging Young Fathers with Their Families
Research shows that the relationship between fathers and their children is essential to the well-being of families and the healthy development of children; however, little attention is paid to the importance of engaging young fathers under age 26, particularly young fathers who are involved with child welfare systems.

This report provides recommendations on how systems can better focus on father involvement to increase positive outcomes for fathers, their children and families. Policy recommendations are offered on father-inclusive organizational culture, father identification, father-focused practice, co-parenting, undocumented father, incarcerated fathers, and more. A companion video , featuring three fathers, is also available. 

After Outage, Department of Education Unveils New IDEA Site

The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website last week dedicated to housing information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The updated resource is based on feedback from parents, educators, disability advocates and other stakeholders, and features improved search capabilities, enhanced accessibility and additional content.

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