This summer IVRS is again running a virtual summer camp to keep students engaged, work on pre-employment transition activities and have some fun! This is open and available to any student that may already have a IVRS file as well as those that don’t yet – but have an IEP, 504 or health/mental health issues. They do not have to open an IVRS file, but the student/parent would have to sign one of our referral forms. The flyer below outlines all of the events for the summer, including a live link that parents/students can use to register. Please feel free to forward this out to your students/parents.
Registration Deadline: May 31st.
Click here to Register: https://forms.gle/hTcVdFu9pJ6ymn6P6 (Registrations after May 31st will not receive the supplies or t-shirt.)
You can attend any or all of these events, but you do need to register. If you are not sure who your Voc Rehab Counselor is, you can find out by clicking HERE and searching for your school. So, register now for some free summer fun!
| THIS YEAR WE ARE “UNPACKING” THE TWC CONFERENCE WITH ONE KEYNOTE SPEAKER EACH SATURDAY IN MAY!|
This is a statewide conference for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the people who support them.
|In response to video fatigue, the TWC Conference Partners are unpacking this year’s conference offerings. Join engaging Keynote Sessions that represent the usual conference tracks. Experience fun virtual activities for the kids (and the whole family) to replace the childcare activities. Enjoy a gift box delivered right to your door in place of the exhibitor fair.|
As always, the TWC Conference is FREE to attend! Attend one “Unpacked” 2021 TWC Event, or attend them all!
| IN PLACE OF THE USUAL EXHIBITOR FAIR, ONE GIFT BOX WILL BE SHIPPED TO YOUR HOME FOR THE FIRST 200 REGISTRANTS!|
REGISTER BY NOON ON APRIL 30th TO PARTICIPATE!
|To see the complete form, click HERE|
Thursday, April 8, 2021
6:00 -7:00 pm
Join by ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/92004351957
or call: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 920 0435 1957
Many parents have asked about finding a lawyer in Iowa to do the Guardianship. Here is the link to Find a Lawyer: https://www.iowafindalawyer.com/search/providers?seller_index_production%5BrefinementList%5D%5Bpractice_areas%5D%5B0%5D=Guardianship
This doesn’t have every lawyer in Iowa listed. It is recommended to talk to other parents, teachers, case managers, etc. regarding who they may have used. FYI: Parents are paying $400 – $2,000 for a simple guardianship.
Our Vitals in Transition this week was on the role of the student-led IEP. It is so important to give students a voice in their own planning in order to help them be college and career-ready. The Vitals in Transition: Self-advocacy The Role of the student-led IEP PowerPoint has many useful links to check out, and you can watch the recording below. It can also be found under the EVENTS tab.
“Beginning their freshman year, students should be more than just observers seated at the table at their IEP meetings. They should be invited to discuss what accommodations they are using and how effective they think the accommodations are. ” (Elksnin & Elksnin 2009)
Students are also more likely to ask for accommodations (at the college level) if they have been deeply involved with their own planning in high school.
At our Vitals for Transition today, the topic was Embedding Employability Skills. We need to make sure students not only have the academic skills, but also the very necessary soft skills that they need for success both in the workplace and in life in general.
The video is below, but can also be found under the EVENTS tab under the 2010-21 Vitals list.
The PowerPoint with the links included can be found here: Vitals for Transition – Embedding Employability Skills 2-2021
This presentation has some great links to resources that may be beneficial to use with your students.
Remember – – this does NOT have to be a goal area, but we need to be modeling and helping our students practice these very important skills for life.
We had a very educational part two of our How to Apply for Waiver Services: the Nuts & Bolts Zoom @ Noon today. We would especially like to thank Beth Will for being such an outstanding guest presenter! She is AWESOME!
If you were not able to join us live today, the recording of our Zoom @ Noon can be found under our EVENTS tab, and then under the 2020-2021 AEA Zoom Recordings tab. A quick link is also below:
A copy of the Powerpoint for all of the recording are also listed under each separate video. The one for this Zoom link can also be accessed below:
We hope this information is helpful in working with students, teachers, and families!
Mark your calendars to join us for part two of our How to Apply for Waiver Services on Tuesday, January 12th @ noon via Zoom. In December, we had two guest presenters share some excellent information on maneuvering the world of waivers and explaining the differences between the main four waivers our school students may be eligible for.
The January topic is How to Apply for Waivers: The Nuts & Bolts (part 2). Beth Will has graciously agreed to be our guest presenter once again!
The Zoom Meeting link for our 30-minute session is: https://plaea.zoom.us/j/95774197552
If you missed the first session on Waivers, you can find the recording under the EVENTS tab on this website. Both the recording and the PowerPoint are linked for your reference.
If you weren’t able to join us for our last Vitals on November 3rd, the topic was Para’s Role in the Transition Process.
Join us for our next Vitals on Dec. 8th at noon. Our topic will be How to Apply for Waiver Services. We hope you can join us then!