Helpful Resources from the ABLE National Resource Center

August is #ABLEtoSave month, a nationwide awareness campaign led by the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) to provide information about ABLE accounts. Throughout August, ANRC is offering resources, including:

  • Informational videos
  • Webinars on ABLE-related topics
  • Personal testimonies from ABLE account owners

Find out more at And follow the ANRC on Facebook and Twitter for more #ABLEtoSave resources!

Fall 2017 Iowa Peer Support Specialist Trainings


September 11-15, 2017

Prairie Meadows, Prairie Rose Room

1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009

Applications accepted through August 14


Cedar Rapids

November 13-17, 2017

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Applications accepted from September 18 to October 6

To apply, send an email request to: 

  • You will receive an email response with a link to the online application.  If you do not receive a response within 48 hours please send an email to the address above.
  • Training spaces are limited, so apply early.
  • You will be asked to provide contact information for two references.
  • Once your application is received you may be contacted with information regarding a phone interview.
  • We strive to notify you 2-3 weeks prior to training about whether or not you have been accepted.

But wait, there's more! The Iowa Peer & Family Peer Support program is also offering a new training format that features a combination of online and in-person training. Find out more at

Back-To-School 2017: First-Day Ready
Whether you’re at the beginning of your journey with your child or preparing your child for life after high school, has the information you need to start the year strong. Their First-Day Ready guide offers resources that fit your needs! Get started at
Seeking Iowa Families for Early Childhood Inclusion Survey

Iowa is part of a national Early Childhood Inclusion project that is taking a look at how states are doing at including young children with developmental delays, disabilities, and special health care needs in things like childcare, preschool, and community programs. The Iowa stakeholders assisting with this project are conducting a family survey and want to know how involved their families and caregivers feel they get to be in those programs.


The group is looking for feedback from families and caregivers of children that are currently under the age of 8 and have had an IFSP or IEP in place by the time their child was no older than 5 years old. If you fit this criteria, you can access the survey here:


If you have questions about the survey, please contact Karen Thompson, Executive Director of ASK Resource Center at or (515) 243-1713.

Super 5: Back-to-School Power Moves

When it comes to getting your child off to a new school year, you are a learning hero. Use the Super 5 to help your child start the school year strong with free easy-to-use resources and videos from Learning Heroes, National PTA, and more.

Read more
"Learning for Lunch" Webinar Series Coming Soon!
Soon we will launch our upcoming lunchtime webinar series, covering such topics as:
  • Debunking Assistive Tech Myths
  • PODD Communication Tools
  • Importance of Parent Mentoring
  • Play Therapy & Behavior

Details and registration links will be posted to

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The contents of this listserv email were partially funded by grants from the US Dept of Education, #H328M140017, Project Officer David Emenheiser, and the US Dept of Health & Human Services, #H84MC24065, Project Officer Andrea Williams, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. These contents do not necessarily represent the policy of those entities,    nor should one assume endorsement  by them.  ASK Resource Center   serves as a Family Voices State Affiliate Organization, and  is a member of the Parent to Parent USA Alliance.