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September 7, 2016
In This Issue...

Group Seeks Ideas For Creating Disability-Friendly Jobs
From the Iowa City Press Citizen
Patty Holzmiller said it has been tough for her daughter Kaylee, 22, to find a job that's flexible to her needs as a young adult with Down syndrome. She said Kaylee has trouble with fast-paced and noisy environments, but she excels at culinary work, especially prepping ingredients and chopping. Read the full article at
As mentioned in the full article, the group will be meeting at the Iowa City Public Library to discuss employment options for people with disabilities on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 pm at 123 S Linn St, Iowa City.
Options for Access to Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
Available for free or reduced cost for those who qualify
Mylan Specialty, the makers of Epi-Pen®, has  increased the eligibility guidelines to broaden the scope of patients who may qualify for their  patient assistance program, and also offers savings for patients with health insurance coverage.  Details are listed below, but you can learn more by going to

The My EpiPen Savings Card i s a savings offer that can provide you up to $300 savings for each EpiPen 2-Pak ®  and EpiPen Jr. 2-Pak® carton per prescription refill. You can print the savings offer from your computer or store it on your smartphone and present it to your pharmacist. The savings card helps eligible patients with commercial health insurance save on out-of-pocket costs. Just present your card at the pharmacy each time you drop off or refill your prescription. Go to to see if you are eligible. Certain restrictions apply.

Patient Assistance Program  This program is available for qualifying patients. Find out if you are eligible for the program by clicking here or  by emailing  You can also call Mylan Customer Relations at (800) 395-3376 to speak with a representative.
Family Voices Endorses Credit for Caring Act
Act sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst

Family Voices has endorsed the Credit for Caring Act, a bipartisan tax credit proposal sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. The following information is provided to inform families on current legislation activity; it is not meant as an endorsement by ASK.

Family caregivers play an invaluable role in ensuring their loved ones have access to the support they need, from the comfort of their own home. As Iowans take on the added financial responsibility of long-term care for their family members, Senator Ernst believes this bipartisan tax credit proposal will ease the difficulties working caregivers face, while providing their loved ones with quality care. Questions and comments should be directed to Senator Ernst via her website. Read the full bill text  here.
Using Medicaid to Help Young Children Access Mental Health Services
From the National Center for Children in Poverty
A new report, Using Medicaid To Help Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health Services: Results of a 50-State Survey, examines states' use of Medicaid as a key source of funding for early childhood mental health services. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia participated in a survey, which included interviews with state Medicaid administrators. The report presents key findings from the survey and recommendations for diverse stakeholders to help strengthen supports for young children's mental health. Read the full report at
Early Intervention Reunion Video: Being Amy's Sister
From JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Medicine
JFK Partners'  ENRICH Early Intervention Reunion Videos   features families who received early intervention services as long as 20 years ago.  Being Amy's Sister: On Having a Sibling with a Disability  is a new addition to the series. In this video Meg Bost describes her experiences growing up as a twin with a sister with disabilities. 

The video includes important messages for family members of children with disabilities, especially siblings, as well as providers who offer support for families. It is a companion to the video   A Reunion with Amy.

NAMI Basics Class Starts Next Week in Johnston
Don't miss out --  register now for this FREE workshop!
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session course for parents and primary caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness. Dinner will be provided at each class; registration is required.  Register now at .

September 13 - October 25, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 pm
ASK Resource Center
5665 Greendale Rd, Suite D, Johnston, IA 50131
2016 IFAPA Fall Conference
Registration fees vary

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29, 2016
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St, Coralville, IA 52241
IFAPA's fall conference is a great training opportunity for foster and adoptive parents, kinship caregivers, and social workers. All of the sessions are approved for foster parent credit and many are also approved for social work CEUs.  View the  2016 Conference Brochure  to learn more. 

Registration fees vary from $50-$100.  S ee for details. 
2016 Iowa Seizure Smart Conference
Presented by the Epilepsy Foundation

Saturday, November 5, 2016
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Coralville
1220 1st Ave, 
Coralville, IA 52241 
The annual Iowa Seizure Smart Conference is a free educational event for families and caregivers to learn about emerging research, treatments, and resources related to epilepsy. Registration and other details available at

Apply for A Debate Watching Party Grant Through ID Action!
Application deadline: September 23
ID Action is providing Debate Watching Party Grants of up to $50 for you to buy food, rent a room, or cover other expenses so you can host a debate watching party. Grant applications will be accepted via mail or email through Friday, September 23. Find out how to apply at

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All of the proceeds from this event will benefit Walk the Talk Iowa, a donation-funded project of ASK Resource Center that provides bullying prevention training and resources for youth, families, and professionals. See for details .

Hand-in-Hand of the Quad Cities 
Creating fun, inclusive learning experiences

Hand-in-Hand is a Quad Cities nonprofit organization that creates fun, inclusive learning experiences for children and young adults. They provide respite care and integrated child care, as well as a growing number of adaptive programs year round for kids and young adults of all abilities. Hand-in-Hand programs are offered for children 6 weeks to 21 years of age, and they are expanding to offer some adult opportunities as well.

Located in Bettendorf, Hand-in-Hand serves the entire Quad City area on both sides of the river.  Learn more about Hand-in-Hand at
United Way Seeking 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialist
Submit your application by September 8
United Way of Central Iowa is seeking Information and Referral Specialists for 2-1-1, a telephone and online helpline available 24/7/365, to connect callers with human services resources available in the community. Learn more about the position at
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to no later than Thursday, September 8.
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