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4
May

Another GREAT summer opportunity from Voc Rehab


IVRS is in the process of developing some awesome opportunities to participate in virtual Pre-ETS summer activities.  Read  below:

This program is offered to all high school students with an IEP, 504 Plan, or documented disability.
If interested in learning more please contact your IVRS representative, or visit our website for a calendar of events that will be posted in the next few weeks!

21
Apr

Mark you calendars: Social Security & Guardianship Zoom sessions by IVRS


Social Security and Guardianship

Conversations for Parents

 

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

April 30, 2020

May 14, 2020

May 28, 2020

June 11, 2020

Click on the link to join our Zoom Meeting  https://zoom.us/j/5153145833

 or call 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 515 314 5833

 

Who should attend? IVRS job candidate’s parents & family members interested 

in supporting their student with a disability.

 

Join by ZOOM or phone to talk about:

** understanding how working affects SSA benefits

** applying for Social Security benefits

** applying for guardianship

** Medicaid & Waivers

** ABLE accounts

Facilitator – Suzie Paulson – Questions?

To request accommodations – email Suzanne.paulson@iowa.gov

Suzie joined the IVRS Resource Team in February 2019 as the Benefits Planning Resource Manager. Prior to this she worked under a Department of Labor grant serving older workers. Suzie was a Social Security Benefits planner under the Iowa Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Grant from 2006-2012. Suzie has her Master’s Degree from Drake University in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a certified Community Work Incentives Benefits Counselor through VCU/SSA.

30
Mar

Register for Transition Webinar Option – April 7th @ 3:00 pm


Hello, Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community (ISTLC)

First of all, in this unusual time, we hope you and your families are well, and that if you are perhaps inconvenienced, you are not ill as a result of the COVID 19 issues.

Understanding how disrupted everyone’s lives have been due to the current situation, the decision has been made to move forward with our scheduled webinars, in an effort to provide an opportunity to learn and connect with each other.  We have a two-part series on Technology and Transition scheduled for April 7 and May 12Registration information for the April 7 session is included below.  If the situation changes and we are not able to provide the webinar, we will notify you via email.

April 7 Session

We are pleased to invite you to our April ISTLC webinar Accessible Technology Considerations to Support Educational Independence. Our presenters are Lea Ann Peschong, Speech-Language Pathologist and AT Regional Lead with Central Rivers AEA and Tiffanie Zaugg, AT Coordinator and Lead for Students with Significant Disabilities with Prairie Lakes AEA, and Iowa Department of Education State AT Lead. Both Lea Ann and Tiffanie are experienced and have a high level of expertise in the area of Assistive Technology and we appreciate their willingness to provide this learning opportunity.

About this webinar:

Through the use of assistive technology (AT), students with academic disabilities are successfully and independently pursuing post-secondary education.  To meet their unique learning needs, students must be informed, have access, and utilize various features of AT that support their needs. This webinar will focus specifically on the areas of reading, writing, and organization.  Session participants will gain an understanding of considerations related to the identification and use of AT features critical to promoting independence in these areas.

Submit Questions:

Lea Ann and Tiffanie invite you to submit questions you would like them to address during the webinar through this Google Form. Please submit your questions as soon as possible so that they have time to review and prepare prior to the session on April 7.

Register for Accessible Technology Considerations to Support Educational Independence, February 25, 2020, 3:00-4:30 pm at:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZIocuqrqjour0WoZvsjyDT1abN2kbAONg  

Please be sure to register if you plan to attend, so that you receive connection information specific to this webinar.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Accommodations

Live captions will be available upon request. This and other accommodations you need to participate in the webinar(s) may be requested from Jess or Sandy at iowastlc@gmail.com a minimum of 7 days before the session. 

Share information about this learning opportunity with your teams and distribution lists. If anyone is not already on our e-mailing list and want to be, please have them email iowastlc@gmail.com and we will include them in future notifications.

Each webinar in the series is recorded and shared back with the mailing list after the session.  We also remind you that all of the ISTLC webinars and support materials are archived on the ISTLC site, available for your use and so that you can easily share them with other educators, families and community partners.

We look forward to seeing you on April 7 at 3:00 pm.

10
Mar

AEA OT/PT Postsecondary Transition Conference – April 2-3


If you are looking for some great ideas that combine both OT/PT and transition, have we got a deal for you!

Consider attending the AEA OT/PT Postsecondary Transition Conference on April 2 -3rd in Altoona, IA.

Click here to register:  http://bit.ly/38rcc4k    using course 182391

  • Register by March 27th
  • Lunch provided
  • 12.0 CEUs available
  • Cost: $85

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17
Feb

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa – Updated


Issues in Substitute Decision Making

Iowa Legal Aid and The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) have developed a guide entitled Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa 2020 to help further your understanding of guardianship and conservatorship in Iowa. This is a great tool to share!

In this publication, questions like “What is Guardianship and Conservatorship?”, “Who Needs a Guardian or Conservator?” are addressed. The criteria for establishing a guardianship or conservatorship and how to set up a guardianship are explained, as well as how to determine the actual need.

These materials are a general summary of the law. They are not meant to completely explain all that you should know about guardianship and conservatorship. You should see a lawyer to get complete, correct and up-to-date legal advice. Iowa’s law on guardianship and conservatorship is found in Iowa’s Probate Code starting at section 633.551.

This document is also linked under the PARENTS tab under LEGAL CONCERNS on Moving Students Forward for future reference.

14
Feb

Iowa’s Work-based Learning Conference


If you are looking for some great ideas to develop your school to work program, consider attending this conference on Aprill 22-23rd in Ankeny.  For more information and registration, go to https://www.acteonline.org/wbl-conference/#toggle-id-5

20
Jan

New Self-Advocacy tools


At our last zoom (January 14, 2020) on Self-Advocacy and  Student-led IEPs, we shared two new forms that you may want to consider using to help students with their long term planning.  Both of these tools are from the ME!  Lessons for Teaching Self Awareness & Self Advocacy Curriculum.  This is located at the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the  University of Oklahoma.

The first form was the Self Awareness Project Planning Guide.   This form can help organize information into a beginning three-step process that aligns with their living, learning, and working goals.

 

 

The second form was “Where do I go from here?” This form again is aligned with the student’s postsecondary expectations but helps break the process down into different actions to help them see what responsibilities they may need to take to make it happen.

 

These two new forms will also be posted on the TEACHER tab, under Student Led IEPs.

7
Jan

Links corrected on new Google forms!!


The links have been corrected on the two new Google versions of the  General Education Classroom summaries that were posted on January 5th so you should now be able to open them and save a copy.

Thanks to KM for the heads-up that these were not workable links!!  🙂

And sorry that we forgot to make the sharing changes so you could access them!

Now, go make a copy and get some good information to share with your families!  🙂

 

 

2
Jan

More New forms on MSF


On our Vitals for Transition Zoom “Updates on the Transition Alignment Process”  (posted under the EVENTS tab) we shared several new forms and websites for your use.  Here are a few you may want to add to your transition toolbox:

General Education Classroom Summary – Version 1 Google form:  This is similar to the printable one-page version on this site, but with the ease of a Google form.  If you choose to use it, be sure to first SAVE A COPY for your own personal use.  Then, each time you want to use it, save it for each specific student you are using it for because Google will allow you to print a compiled list of your teacher’s responses that you can share at the student’s meeting.  This is a great way to share this information with parents.

 

General Education Classroom Survey – Version 2 Google form:  This form is similar to the one above, and was shared with us by Manson NW Webster teacher Alexandrea Hanson, so thanks!!  Again, you would need to SAVE A COPY of this form for your own personal use, just like above.

Here is the paper copy of the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) This form now has a front & a backside, so hopefully will capture more transferrable (soft) skills that will be important for students to have as they transition to life after high school.

18
Oct

New forms on Moving Students Forward


There are several new forms that have been added to our MSF website.  A few will be highlighted here, but we may have forgetten to note them all.  Use as you need, and if you have any questions, please let us know!

First, hopefully by now all of you have received an updated copy of our Page B – Best Practices Fall 2019 – updateIt is printed on bright green paper, if that helps you know which form we are referring to.  This form REPLACES the one that is found in our Guiding Transition Booklet, since we updated the graduation requirement section due to the changes that took effect last year.

 

Next, we have updated the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) form. This form can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANSITION PLANNING FORMS tab, and you will find it listed in the column.   We added four more questions to the bottom of the Likert Scale section, and moved the valuable teacher input to the back of the page.   And soon we hope to share a google form version of this with you to use, if you prefer to get your input that way!  Stay tuned!

 

Also new this year is the Competitive Employment Skills Sheet This can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANISITON PLANNING FORMS tab, then under the WORKING RESOURCES tab.  Thanks to the Ft. Dodge teachers for sharing this great form that they developed!  Whoo hoo!  It is great because it gets the perspective from all three parties:  the parent, the student, and the educator!  Thanks Ft. Dodge!!  🙂