Ruling Could Expand Special Ed Services to More Iowa Students

A legal judgment could force Iowa schools to change how they determine which students qualify for special education, potentially allowing thousands of more children to qualify for services, advocates say.


Administrative Law Judge Christie J. Scase issued a ruling that requires the Iowa Department of Education to reimburse an Urbandale family for private tutoring costs incurred after their child was denied access to special education programming at school. The case could have broad implications for Iowa schools. Continue reading

ASK is Offering Three New Part Time Positions!

ASK Resource Center is seeking qualified candidates to fill three part-time positions! 

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to by Monday, July 31, 2017.

Writing samples should be no more than one page in length, single spaced, with 1” margins and 12 pt. font, and should answer the following question: Why do you want to work for ASK?

    Questions about the positions can be directed to Ashley Gill at  or by calling (515) 243-1713 or toll-free at (800) 450-8667.
    Care for the Caregiver Outreach in Roland & Lisbon

    Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Team members will facilitate a two-hour group training session for caregivers; the training is conveniently offered in two locations in July and August.

    These sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to network with one another, obtain knowledge on community resources, and gain understanding on a variety of assistive technology devices that may support their care giving tasks. Topics may include:

    • Defining “Self-Care”
    • Caregiver Burnout
    • Assistive Technology
    • Community Support Resources

    Saturday, July 29    
    12:30 - 2:30 pm
    Strum Farms
    59149 140th Street, Roland, IA 50236

    Thursday, August 10
    3:30 -5:30 pm
    125 US-30, Lisbon, IA 52253


    An Exciting Opportunity for Expectant Moms in Dallas, Warren and Madison Counties in Iowa

    Partners in Family Development is partnering with Northwestern University in the Mothers and Babies Research Study. The purpose of the study is to learn how home visiting programs have an impact on helping pregnant women manage stress and reduce signs of depression.

    Partners in Family Development is looking for women in their service area of Dallas, Madison and Warren counties who are older than 16 years old, no more than 32 weeks pregnant, and speak English or Spanish

    Study participants are required to complete three surveys, either by phone or online, and will receive $60 in gift cards for participating. Please contact Jovanka Westbrook with the Parents As Teachers Program at 515-962-1020 if you are interested in participating!

    27th Annual ADA Celebration in Iowa City this Saturday!
    It's time for the 27th annual celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Celebrate this Saturday, July 22 on the Ped Mall in Downtown Iowa City from 10:00 am to noon.

    Enjoy live music, speeches, resource tables and more! The event is presented by a host of community organizations. Click here for flyer
    Medicaid Restructuring and Children with Special Health Care Needs:
    A Brief From the Kaiser Family Foundation
    Medicaid and CHIP cover 44% of children with special health care needs, providing access to a broad range of medical and long-term care services that enable many to live at home with their families and making coverage affordable.

    This brief includes state-level data on the share of children with special health care needs covered by Medicaid and describes Medicaid’s role for these nearly five million children to help inform the debate about current proposals in Congress to reduce federal Medicaid funding under a per capita cap or block grant. Continue reading at 
    Meet the Little Lobbyists Taking Over Capitol Hill

    We are collecting and sharing stories from families from around the country, who, like ours, rely on access to affordable, quality healthcare to keep our children healthy.

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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.