Iowa Family & Educator Partnership Newsletter Vol 12, Num 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sept. 2018
It's here!  A new resource for Parents,
Educators & Community Service Providers. 

        Special Education: Child Find Process

This new resource is a statewide document created to explain the Child Find Process.
In this booklet you will find answers to the following questions:  
What is Child Find? 
How Does Child Find Get Started? 
What Comes Next? 
What is Suspicion of a Disability? 
When is a Student Suspected of Having a Disability?
What Happens Next if a Disability is Suspected?
What Happens Next if a Disability is NOT Suspected?
How Does the Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) Work? 
What Happens at an Eligibility Meeting?
What if My Child is Eligible?
What if My Child is Not Eligible?

As parents we make better decisions for our kids when we're provided with information that empowers and informs us. Together we can provide the best plan for the child's academic success. This is a great resource to engage parents & educators and build crucial relationships. 

Back to School - Start School Strong! FEP
Start the new school year off at understood.org to get free resources that fit your child's needs. Our expert-vetted tips, tools and videos can help you and your child feel more confident  and prepared for a successful year.

New Guide to Mobile Apps for Transition-age Youth

Many free and low-cost mobile apps are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they  embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living. With so many options, where do you begin? A new PACER book, "The Path to Independence: Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth," includes apps that parents and professionals have found useful and well-designed. 


Get involved in this month long campaign uniting a nation to take action at the local level to prevent bullying in schools, communities and online. Initiated by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006, National Bullying Prevention Month is a time for everyone to work together and create kindness, inclusion and acceptance in all communities.
From [Publication Title], by [Author], © [copyright year]. Used with permission from PACER Center Inc., Minneapolis, MN, (952) 838-9000. www.pacer.org. All rights reserved.
September 2018 Assitive Technology Minute

Today's Tool:  Number Pieces Math manipulative app.  
Google Chrome App or  IOS App
This app will work on a Chromebook or on an ipad.

This App is FREE!

This is what the app will look like on an ipad screen after you have download it.

Manipulatives are on the left. Settings options on the bottom. Examples of manipulatives and color options.

Calculator/Writing options
Example of writing using a finger or stylus on the screen.

Website Guide
Parent Support Groups

Iowa Compass
is an all in one disability resource database. To find information about disability related programs

& services for Iowa
residents go to www.iowacompass.org

Document Guide 
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International Transition Conference in Iowa!

On October 24-26, the 2018 International Division on Career Development and Transition Conference will be at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Hundreds of educators, support staff, transition specialists and adult service providers will gather to learn about the latest and most innovative research and practices in transition, as well as, to network with others that share a passion for transitioning individuals with disabilities.
The pre-conference, October 24, focuses on two important issues in transition: legal, (Improve Your Transition Position: Legal Issues in Transition for Secondary & Post-Secondary Settings); and mental health, (Thoughtful Transitions: Navigating Knowns & Unknowns for Our Students and Ourselves). October 25-26, attendees will choose from presentations in the following areas:  
  • Family/Community Partnerships
  • Personal Preparation/Professional Development
    Click here for conference Information and registration.
  • Transition to Employment
  • Transition to Individual Living
  • Transition to Post-Secondary Education
  • Self-Determination
  • Transition Assessment
  • Culturally Responsive Practice
  • Instructional Practices/Use of Technology
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse


For more family friendly information
click here or visit our website at 

Join us for the 
2018 Make Your Mark! Conference
We are offering FREE registration for 
up to 150 individuals with disabilities,
family members & direct care  support professionals 
accompanying a participant*.
For more information click here  
or visit http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-make-your-mark-self-advocacy-conference/event-summary-3904fefd7328431f8f14dbd4b7f96d2f.aspx
The 2018 Mental Health Conference will be held on October 1, 2018 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. The Mental Health Conference is designed for professionals, clinicians, administrators, educators, consumers, family members, advocates and other providers.
  • Provide an educational opportunity to hear professionals and experts share the most recent trends and issues, treatment methods, and research relating to mental health, mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Provide a forum to stimulate discussion, exchange ideas, and strengthen the support and information network around the state.
  • Generate public interest in issues relating to mental health and co-occurring disorders. Registration is from 7:30-8:25a.m. Opening remarks will start at 8:25 a.m. Iowa Board of Nursing contact hours and Substance Abuse CEU's are pending.
                                                      Register Now
Stipends are available for individuals living with a mental illness or family members of individuals living with a mental illness, funded through the federal Mental Health Block Grant.
                                                 Stipend Application
The Impacts of Tourette Syndrome Study

How has having Tourette Syndrome or a Tic Disorder affected you or your family? The Tourette Association of America is
looking for participants to take a brief survey on the impacts of having Tourette Syndrome or a Tic Disorder. 

            For free on-line educational opportunities from the PACER Center
                  please visit  http://www.pacer.org/workshops/  
For classes offered on the web, just look for the live streaming symbol below
FREE IEP Binder Building Tools  Making an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up-to-date on your child's progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child's IEP team. Click  here  to download free IEP Binder resources from Understood.org

Regional Transition Resource Fair

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation in partnership with Burlington High School would like to invite
you to the 2nd annual Regional Transition Resource Fair for students with disabilities. Parents and
students can meet area service agencies that specialize in career placement & training, disability
advocacy/rights, assistive technologies, independent living, and other resources to with planning
successful transition during and after high school.

Wednesday November 28th from 3:30-5:30 pm
Burlington High School Library 421 Terrace Dr.

Southeast Iowa Link-Regional Funding
D & Z Transportation
Goodwill of the Heartland
Great Prairie AEA
Hope Haven Area Development Center
Iowa Department of the Blind
Iowa Legal Aid

ASK Resource Center

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Disability Rights Iowa
University of Iowa Reach Program
Community Action of Southeast Iowa
Easter Seals of Iowa

More resources added daily!

Do You Have Good News About Your Child's Success?

Every day your child experiences little successes as they move forward in their educational experience. We would like to hear your stories about the progress your child is making through the collaborative efforts of Great Prairie AEA, your school and you. Please take a few minutes to share news about your child and the great things he/she is learning to do. We need the following basic information for an article to share with our readers:
  • Child's Name
  • Child's School District
  • Child's Age (when he/she began receiving AEA assistance and Age now)
  • Child's Unique Needs
  • How the AEA has been instrumental in the progress? GPAEA LOGO
  • Your Name and Names of those AEA staff who have been or continue to serve your child
If you would like to share a success story with us, please send the above information to Jennifer Woodley, Communication Specialist, Great Prairie AEA, at jennifer.woodley@gpaea.org

Great Prairie AEA  | http://www.gpaea.org
2814 N. Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501
3601 West Avenue Road
Burlington, IA 52601