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February 12, 2016
In This Issue...
Up-to-date disability-related news and information from various state and national sources
From Disability Scoop

Retail-giant Target plans to make a special cart available at nearly all of its stores that alleviates the need for caregivers to simultaneously push a cart and a wheelchair while shopping. Read more
Project Coordinator Opening at ASK Resource Center

ASK Resource Center is currently looking to hire a SPDG Project Coordinator. Read full job description. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample no longer than two pages in length answering the following question: "What are the reasons you believe you are the most qualified applicant for this position?" to
Posted by Jane Gay on FIND

University of Iowa Facilities Management Accessibility Guru, Brian Manternach, worked with Finnish mobile app developer MIPSoft. The app BlindSquare combines GPS location information, speech synthesis, and information from open data sources. Learn more

At the Iowa State Capitol Building

Join other concerned Iowans for a day at the Capitol to:
  • Meet individually with your Legislator to share your concerns and thoughts throughout the day
  • Gather together to hear former Iowa Governor Culver and others speak in the afternoon
Please  REGISTER  if you are planning to attend.  
This includes people getting to the Capitol in private cars.
Free Buses to Des Moines are being organized at several locations across Iowa. 

Deadline to register for free bus transportation and a boxed lunch/drink:  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 BY 12 PM .  Final departure cities, times, and arrangements will be announced once everyone is registered.
Medicaid Background and Update:
The Governor's office announced in 2015 Iowa's Medicaid programs would be managed by private insurance companies known as MCOs. Disability advocates and other advocates have a lot of concerns about the plan. To get the most recent updates: InfoNet .  If you want to learn more about talking to your legislator you can review this advocating guide .
Three Medicaid bills have been introduced in the Legislature:
In the Senate: SF 2125 to stop Medicaid managed care and HF 2190 the companion bill; SF 2049 to make sure children can still receive speech therapy under Medicaid managed care

Information on training events available for parents and professionals in and around the state of Iowa. Find upcoming conferences, webinars, workshops and more!
From the National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and family members of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps families to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. To sign up, email Susan Gill at, and provide your name, phone number, and the age of your child with an emotional disorder. 
Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 PM
March 29 through May 3
ASK Resource Center Conference Room
5665 Greendale Rd, Johnston, IA 50131
Facilitated by the University of Iowa Center for Child Health Improvement and Innovation & National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice

A Peer Support Specialist (PSS) is an individual who is personally living well in recovery from a serious mental illness. As a Peer Support Specialist, you will use your recovery story to instill hope. You will provide support to other peers and assist them in reaching and maintaining their personal recovery goals. In addition, you will serve as an advocate, provide information, help access community resources, and model competency in recovery and wellness. Peer Support Specialists promote skills for improving mental and physical wellbeing and increasing resiliency. They promote self-determination and support peers in maintaining relationships and increasing a higher level of control and satisfaction over their lives.

Peer Support Specialists are employed in mental health facilities, social service agencies, peer run recovery centers, peer run respites, integrated health homes, hospitals, prisons, with law enforcement agencies and other healthcare organizations. Peer Support Specialists may also serve on a variety of advisory boards and committees at local, state, and national levels.

Please Select One Session | Learn More

April 11-15
Ottumwa, IA
Register Feb 8 - March 18
June 20-24
Sioux City, IA
Register April 18 - May 27

A Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) has the opportunity to positively impact families through support and education.  Family Peer Support Specialists draw on their own experience as a parent or primary caregiver of a child with an emotional, behavioral or mental health diagnosis. They work to empower families by teaching skills that assist them in finding their own voice.  A FPSS has current knowledge of the mental health system and most importantly, recognizes the life experience of raising a child with a mental health diagnosis. 

Please Select One Session | Learn More

April 5-7 and April 26-28
You must attend both sessions to complete the training.
West Des Moines, IA
Register Feb 8 - March 11
May 10-12 and June 7-9
You must attend both sessions to complete the training.
Cedar Falls, IA
Register March 8 - April 15

Connections to events and activities for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the people who serve them

Interact with various adapted sports & recreational equipment displays, speak with equipment experts and take a tour of different adapted vehicles.
Preregistration is recommended in order to meet your needs. However, you may register the day of the event. For additional information, call Megan Andresen at (319) 369-7279. Register now

Mark Your Calendar:
Check out our upcoming training opportunities!
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The contents of this listserv blast were partially funded under grants from the US Department of Education, #H328M140017, Project Officer,David Emenhesier, and a grant from the US Department of Health & Human Services, #H84MC24065, Project Officer, LaQuanta Smalley. The contents of this listserv blast do not necessarily represent the policy of those Departments, and the reader should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. ASK's Family to Family Iowa Project serves as Iowa's Family Voic es State Affiliate Organization. ASK is also Iowa's Parent to Parent USA Alliance Member.