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August 22, 2016
In This Issue...

Back-To-School Tips and Free Downloads for Parents
From various sources Start School Strong


Reading Rockets: Back-to-School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs


Wrightslaw: Ten Tips for a Successful School Year


Be A Learning Hero: The Super 5: Back-to-School Power Moves 

What To Do When Your Insurance Will Not Pay A Claim
Resources from Family Voices & the Iowa Managed Care Ombudsman

Family Voices has new resources and a toolkit about insurance complaints (sometimes called grievances). This tip sheet focuses specifically on health insurance policies through the Affordable Care Act; however, the  information is helpful guidance for anyone, regardless of their coverage.

Iowans insured under Medicaid Managed Care should direct concerns to their assigned managed care organization (MCO), and the Iowa Managed Care Ombudsman program is also available for advocacy and assistance. To speak to a Managed Care Ombudsman, call (866) 236-1430 or email
Regulations Broaden Who's Covered Under ADA
From Disability Scoop

The U.S. Department of Justice is issuing new regulations significantly expanding who's covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a final rule published this month in the Federal Register, the agency is clarifying that those with everything from cancer to diabetes, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and other conditions should be protected under the ADA.

The regulations cement changes that Congress made when it passed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Justice Department said. Click here for the full story: 
IDEA Applies To Online Schools Too
From Disability Scoop

Students with disabilities are entitled to special education services and supports even if they attend school online, the U.S. Department of Education says.
As public virtual schools - those that have no physical campus and rely on computers and other telecommunications - proliferate, federal officials say they're increasingly fielding questions about how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act applies.  Click here for the full story:
Zika Virus Updates and Information
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a wide variety of web and print resources, educational videos, and toolkits about the Zika virus. These materials are available for various age groups, audiences, and languages.

Find the Zika Virus homepage at

Mental Health First Aid Training in Coralville
Pre-enrollment required

September 13 & 16, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St, Coralville, IA 52241

Both classes are required to earn certification and CEUs (see flyer for details). Course in structed by Peggy Loveless, Ph.D. of Mental Health Education Specialists.  $35 materials fee and pre-enrollment is required; contact Peggy Loveless at (319) 530-9837 or
Free Training for Parents and Caregivers of Kids with Mental Illness
Every Tuesday, September 13 through October 25
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session course for parents and primary caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness.

September 13 - October 25, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 pm
ASK Resource Center
5665 Greendale Rd, Suite D, Johnston, IA 50131
NAMI Basics is free, but registration is required. Dinner provided at each class. Register now at
Fourth Annual Iowa School Mental Health Conference
Presented by Please Pass The Love

Thursday, October 13, 2016
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Holiday Inn - Airport
6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321
$75 for professionals,  $20 for students 8th grade to college with student ID. Registration and other details available at
Free Webinar: Options for Work Experience for Students with Disabilities
Register at 

"Developing Options for Student Work Experience:  Valley High School's Program"
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:00 pm

This free training, presented by administrators and educators from the West Des Moines Community School District, will share information about Tiger Perk , Valley High School's school-based coffee shop providing actual job experience, and Career Academy , a program for students that provides learning supports to complete career certifications in different fields of study such as food service, retail, or as a care provider for agencies in Iowa.

Families, students, educators, administrators, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend this free webinar to explore ideas that are  working ! Registration link available at

5K RUN WALK ROLL to Benefit Walk the Talk Iowa
Race course map now available

Click image for details
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Pleasant Hill, IA

Click here to register

$20 registration fee includes 2016 race t-shirt; children ages 3 and under are free but won't receive a t-shirt. 

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. .
The Arc of East Central Iowa's Annual Sunday Fun Day
Free family event held September 18
The Arc of East Central Iowa's Sunday Fun Day
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Clark Park
1198 N 18th Ave, Hiawatha, IA 52233

Friends and family of The Arc are invited for a fun filled day that will include face painting, balloon twisting from Living Characters , a special treat from Kona Ice of Cedar Rapids,  and much more! 

RSVP before September 12 by contacting Lexi Coberly at or (319) 365-0487 ext. 1024.
ASK Resource Center Fundraising Event Postponed
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the ASK Resource Center fundraising event, "An Intimate Night With the Nadas" scheduled for Saturday, August 27 has been postponed.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Details regarding rescheduling the event will be released at a later date.

Free Download: Sample Picture Schedules and Visual Planners

Picture schedules and visual planners can help kids who have trouble with organization stay on top of routines and feel more confident. For many kids, picture schedules are easier to follow and less overwhelming than written schedules.

Here are a few examples of different picture schedules. Use them as is, or customize them to match your own routines. To customize, just print them out, cut out the images and paste or attach them in the order you want.
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