Keystone AEA Parent Newsletter

Focus on Transition: Janaury 2016

NICC Transition Next Steps Free Workshop

Join NICC Disability Services staff at the upcoming Transition Next Steps free workshop for high school students with disabilities, staff and parents! Activities will include a presentation from Keystone AEA regarding postsecondary education options and differences between high school and college. Participants will also be able to participate in a campus tour and visit with exhibitors. High school students who are enrolled in special education and/or have an IEP or 504 plan, as well as their teachers and parents, are invited to attend. This year there are two session times available for each campus. If you are interested in having your son or daughter learn more about college and/or career training, be sure to register today for this free event! Click here to register. Please register by February 12th.
  • Peosta Campus: March 1; Session 1 9:00 - 11:30 or Session 2 12:00 - 2:30
  • Calmar Campus: March 3; Session 1 9:00 - 11:30 or Session 2 12:00 - 2:30

IEPs Don't Go to College

One of the most common questions a parent of a youth with a disability may have is if the Individualized Education Program (IEP) plays any role in what services or accommodations a student will receive in college. The IEP is a document that governs education services in elementary and high school under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When a student moves on to college, IDEA no longer applies. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) become the applicable laws to provide for accommodations. However, the IEP might be used to support disability documentation when asking for accommodations through a college’s Disability Student Services Office. Students are encouraged to identify needed accommodations while in high school and strategize how those same accommodations might be used in college.

College Expectations
Differences between High School and College
Comparison Chart: IDEA, Section 504 and ADA
Postsecondary Education - The Changing Picture

National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER Center

Content for the newsletter and script for the video were adapted from PACER Center®, a national and statewide Parent Center based in Minnesota, for the Iowa State Personnel Development Grant, a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Understanding the Age of Majority

The age of majority is when your child obtains the rights of any Iowa citizen and is legally responsible for his or her own decisions, including educational decisions. In Iowa,

your child reaches the age of majority when he or she turns 18, gets married, or is incarcerated into the adult legal system.

Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Once a student turns eighteen, or attends school beyond high school, the rights of access to the student’s records transfer to the student. This means educational information (grades, GPA, academic transcript, academic warning, academic probation, or discipline records) will be given directly to the student and not to the parents. Keep in mind that “educational information” also entails information about health and finances. Parents are encouraged to begin the conversation with their youth while still in high school and to begin transitioning into the role of mentor and supporter, rather that active coordinator for their student. This will allow the youth to take responsibility for their college life while knowing that support from their family is available when needed.

Keystone AEA Parent & Educator Connection

Since 1984, Keystone AEA's Parent & Educator Connection (PEC) has worked to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities. The PEC has provided a unique opportunity for parents and educators to build partnerships to improve educational programs for children and young adults with special needs. Every AEA has a PEC program. Each program has an Educator Coordinator and a Parent Coordinator. PEC Coordinators work with parents and schools, they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs. Click here for more parent resources on transition planning.