Iowa Family & Educator Partnership
Volume 18 No. 3 Jan. 2024
Medicaid Town Halls
Town Halls are virtual monthly meetings for Medicaid members and providers to learn about the Medicaid program, receive updates and voice any questions or concerns directly to the Iowa Medicaid state team. Town halls are also a way for Iowa Medicaid to gather feedback from members and providers and work towards solutions. To learn more click here.
ASK Resource Center
Center for families of children with disabilities. Check out all of the learning opportunities hosted by ASK Resources!
ASK future webinars
ASK Youtube video's
ASK and Expert: Transition 101
CHADD of Iowa Virtual Parent Support Group
CHADD of Iowa offers speakers, trainings and educational information on ADHD. Whether you are a parent of a child with ADHD or a newly diagnosed adult with ADHD, you are in the right place. To participate in support groups register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu2trDsuHtQpUAyOGbvzzu4vmTIh3Rfw
Iowa Reading Research Center - Caregivers Resource Hub A Resource for Families
Iowa Reading Research Center has a Caregivers & Resource Hub. Here you will find modules and downloadable resources that can be used to support your children’s literacy development. There are six modules: Core Literacy Skills, Science of Reading, Advocating for your Student, Assistive Technology, Structured Literacy & Understanding FastBridge. We will spotlight resources and information within the Resource Hub throughout the year. In this newsletter we will be focusing on Advocating for Your Student. Click on the link below to find numerous informational resources.
Killian and Ko- AAC Funding
Killian And Ko is a non-profit based out of Ames, IA, whose mission is to provide augmentative alternative communication (AAC) to children ages 2-18 years old diagnosed with autism, apraxia, and other speech disorders. Do you need help funding an AAC device for your loved one? Click here for more information and to apply.
The Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program works with Iowans to learn about and access the assistive technology they need as part of their daily lives to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. The Easterseals Iowa assistive technology team serves Iowans of all ages with all types of disabilities, including persons who are aging. Assistive technology is any device that allows a person with a disability to perform a task they are unable to perform.
Equipment Loan: Easterseals Iowa loans durable medical equipment such as electric hospital beds, power and manual wheelchairs and adaptive bathroom devices. Devices can be used as long as they are needed. Visit www.easterseals.com/ia/at to obtain an application. Call 515.309.2395 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment to pick-up or donate equipment.
Demonstration Center: The demonstration center is a valuable resource that showcases different types of assistive technologies to clients before it is brought to their homes. By appointment only. Call toll free 1.866.866.8782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lending Library: Equipment and resources are available for families, individuals, counselors, and schools. The lending library is a great way to make sure a product works for you before making a purchase. It is free to all Iowans and five items may be checked out at a time for up to 30 days.
Questions? Call 1.866.866.8782 or email email@example.com.
Get to Know ChildServe | Specialty Pediatric Healthcare
ChildServe is a specialty pediatric healthcare provider for children and young adults with special healthcare needs. For nearly 100 years, the organization has partnered with families to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life. ChildServe provides more than 30 services to 5,700 children in Iowa each year. The organization’s array of services are interwoven and streamlined, so families can get many of their child’s needs met in one location. ChildServe’s key focus areas include: complex medical care, pediatric rehabilitation, autism and behavioral health, and community-based services. Learn about all our services here.
ChildServe's Autism Program | Wherever you’re at on your autism support journey, ChildServe is here to help you move forward. We offer over 15 core services in our Autism Program, and families can receive any combination of these services depending on their child's need. Along with offering a wide range of services, ChildServe provides a unique coordinated care approach. Put simply, coordinated care means that experts from across services and disciplines work together closely within one organization. The result is an improved experience for families and better long-term outcomes for the individuals we serve. We believe we can do more, and do better, for families raising children who have autism, and we invite you to learn more here.
We Are Here for You - Family & Educator Partnership
Learn more at the Family & Educator Partnership website https://www.gpaea.org/families/family-educator-partnership/. Find free learning opportunities for families and educators, links to resources, road map to local services, printable materials and more.
Family & Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517
Districts Covered: Albia, Cardinal, Centerville, Chariton, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Keota, Moravia, Moulton – Udell, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa Christian, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Christian, Ottumwa Seton Catholic School, Pekin, Seymour, Sigourney, Tri-County, Wayne.
Family & Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 3034
Districts Covered: Burlington, Burlington Notre Dame, Central Lee, Danville, Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Holy Trinity, Keokuk, Keokuk Catholic, Keokuk Christian, Maharishi, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Singing Cedars, Van Buren, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.
It is the policy of the Great Prairie Education Agency not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Nathan Wood, 2814 N. Court, Ottumwa, IA 52501, (641) 682-8591 x5512, firstname.lastname@example.org (employment practices) or Angela Livezey, 2814 N. Court, Ottumwa, IA 52501, (641) 682-8591 x5302, email@example.com (educational programs).