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October 11, 2016
In This Issue...

Supreme Court To Weigh FAPE Mandate
From Disability Scoop  

For the first time in more than three decades, the U.S. Supreme Court says it will consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students receiving services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The nation's high court said Thursday that it will hear arguments in a matter known as Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. At issue is the IDEA's mandate that public schools provide children with disabilities a free appropriate public education, or FAPE. 
30th Anniversary of IDEA Part B, Section 619 and Part C
From the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)  

#babyIDEAis30 - Personal Stories
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of theIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - statutes that are often collectively referred to as "Baby IDEA".

The programs created under "Baby IDEA" have played a critical role in improving results and upholding the rights of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and their families.
As part of the celebration of 30 years of "Baby IDEA", OSERS collected stories from parents, educators, policymakers, and advocates about the personal impact this law has had on them. Click the video above to hear their stories.
October 2016 Issue of Each and Every Child
From the Iowa Department of Education
Click the following link to access the Iowa Department of Education's e-newsletter, Each and Every Child:
Latest News from Iowa School for the Deaf
What you will find in The Iowa School for the Deaf's October newsletter:
- What is Deaf Privilege?
- Seeking teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing
- Homecoming highlights

Mark Your Calendars to See Dr. Laura Riffel
Coming to Des Moines on December 12

ASK Resource Center is excited to host Dr. Laura Riffel, of Behavior Doctor Seminars, on Monday, December 12, 2016 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at the Ramada Tropics Conference Center in Des Moines. 

Details and registration coming soon to!

Find out more about Dr. Riffel on her website,

2016 Learning Disabilities Assoc. of Iowa Conference
Register before October 17 to save!

Sunday's featured speaker and special guest is  P. Buckley Moss, "The People's Artist" who will present,  "Concern and Optimism for Students Who Learn Differently".  Monday's featured speaker is  Suzanne Lang from who will present,  "Unlocking Potential Through Understanding".

Conference agenda, registration, and much more information available at
Cents and Sensibility - Money 101: Budgeting & How to Save
Free workshop (and dinner) for people with disabilities!

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4:30 - 8:30 pm
Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010

The Iowa Able Foundation proudly presents Cents and Sensibility - Money 101, a free financial literacy workshop for individuals with disabilities! Dinner will be provided, but registration is required as the class size is limited to 25 people.

For more information or to register, contact Jill at or (515) 292-2972.
Care for Caregivers 2016 Conference
No cost to attend!

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

5291 Stoney Creek Ct, Johnston, IA 50131

At no cost, the Iowa Lifespan Respite Coalition wants to provide caregivers across Iowa with tools and resources to help develop a caregiving network and learn more about the benefits of recharging through respite. By taking care of yourself, you're able to provide emotionally healthier care to those around you. This conference will provide encouraging reminders as to why you give your time to serve someone you love! 

Details and registration available at
CHARGE Workshop with Dr. Kasee Stratton
Application deadline: October 21

November 4-5, 2016
West Des Moines Marriott
1250 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Online registration is limited to 40 people and will close on October 21. More details and registration available at Questions or requests should be directed to Susan Brennan at (319) 560-4014 or
Register Now to Attend the Inclusive Ministry Conference
Hosted by The Special Needs Ministry Network of Des Moines  

November 18-19, 2016
Lutheran Church of Hope
925 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266

$10 to register. Detailed agenda and registration available  at  

Two Free and Fun Fall Events in WDM!
Designed for kids and young adults with disabilities

Monday, October 17, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 pm

For kids with disabilities under 16 years old:
The Great Pumpkin Party
Valley Church,  4343 Fuller Rd, WDM

For people with disabilities 16 and older:
Harvest Hoedown
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Rd, WDM

Both events are free for individuals with disabilities, and their family members and/or caregivers. See for more information. 

Share Your Ideas for Children's Mental Health Crisis Services
Surveys due by October 21

Orchard Place has received funding to design a plan for Children's Mental Health Crisis Services in the central Iowa area, and NAMI Greater Des Moines -- one of the stakeholders serving on the planning team -- has asked the public to complete a brief survey on children's mental health crisis services.

Access the survey here: Surveys must be submitted by Friday, October 21.
CICIL Now at New Location in Historic Highland Park

Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (CICIL) is now providing services from its new location in Park Fair Mall in Des Moines' historic Highland Park neighborhood. Their mailing address and other contact information is listed below.
Central Iowa Center for Independent Living
100 East Euclid Ave, Suite 105
Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: (515) 243-1742
Fax: (515) 243-5385
Free Webinar Discussing Options for Student Work Experience
Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 pm

It isn't too late to sign up for this week's webinar, "Developing Options for Student Work Experience," being held Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 pm. Webinars are free to attend, but registration is required.  Click here to RSVP.
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