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9
Nov

Vitals in Transition – Para’s Role in the Transition Process


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.

The video and pdf of the PowerPoint can be found under the EVENTS TAB, and look in the AEA Zoom Recordings: 2020-2021 folder. That is where all of our Vitals are posted.

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!

22
Oct

Secondary Transition Updates


Kirsten Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator for the Iowa Department of Education, shared a few updates around Secondary Transition in Iowa as we navigate this school year with so many changes.  While these updates are relatively brief, she hopes they can provide some support and resources for you and  your teams as you are returning to school this year. 

Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community (ISTLC):  This will be the second year of the ISTLC. We will continue to offer webinars that will be recorded, and all past sessions are included in the link above.  For any new staff you may have at the secondary level, please consider sharing the Transition 101 resources in the tab to the right. 

 

Regular Diploma and 4.3.3.3:  Our first students to be impacted by the change in rules for regular diploma will be juniors this year!  It is critical that IEP teams are reviewing graduation dates and progress toward graduation with all students with IEPs.  For students who may have been following an individualized pathway with alterations to the standards/expectations in coursework and documentation towards graduation needs to catch up with the instruction that has taken place, you may want to consider using a template to help you take a look back and document the progress.  Feel free to modify this however it best fits for your district/students.  

Transcript Notations:  Related to regular diploma and 4.3.3.3 are questions about transcripts when standards have been modified for a student.  Please take into account the following guidance as you work with your teams around planning for and documenting graduation requirements on transcripts:

“A notation on the transcript cannot identify the student as qualifying for special education services.  Wording such as “special education goals” and IEP goals” for example or any other terminology that would identify the student as entitled for special education services may not be used. The wording “modified standard” is a legal notation, however, so long as modifications are available to any other student. Research recommends noting modified standards on permanent records and transcripts the same way it is done on the report card; by placing an asterisk (*) or some other symbol beside each grade that is based on a modified standard and then indicating on the form that this means the grade or mark is based on modified standards.  No other information regarding the nature of the modification is needed as students may need modifications for a variety of reasons. This notation is imperative for honesty and accuracy in the information being reported for college and career decisions.”

 

Return 2 Learn support – Secondary Transition:  This document was developed by a statewide team and provides resources and tools for virtual/hybrid and in person learning.  There are also tips for applying effective transition planning practices through the use of the Iowa Transition Model. It was shared statewide in August and is a part of the Compendium of Resources for Special Education.  

15
Sep

Transition to Adulthood: Webinar Series for Families of Youth with Special Health Care Needs


This webinar series is designed for Iowa parents, legal guardians, and caregivers of transition-aged youth (12-21 years old) with special health care needs. Session topics will include issues involved in the transition of youth to adult health care and specialty services.

TO REGISTER: Click here 

For questions contact:

  • Diane Brenneman at diane-brenneman@uiowa.edu or 319-356-8637
  • Rachell Swanson-Holm at rachell-swanson-holm@uiowa.edu or 515-955-8326

See the flyer below for all of the upcoming topics.  This is some great information to share with our schools and families!

2
Sep

New Special Ed & AEA Teacher Transition Training – Sept. 24th


New Special Ed Teacher/New AEA Staff Transition Training is scheduled for all day Thursday, 24th and will be held virtually via Zoom. Please make sure you let any new Middle School/High School special education teachers know about this!  Also, new or returning AEA staff that will be serving secondary transition students are also encouraged to attend.

Please register by Wednesday, Sept. 16th by clicking NEW TEACHER/NEW AEA STAFF TRANSITION TRAINING

FYI:  As we restructure this from a face-to-face training to a virtual training, we may adjust the start time.  In order to build in breaks, we may begin earlier since travel time will not be a factor.

Please email Elaine Cook or Tammy McKimmey if you have any questions.

We look forward to learning together with you!

18
Aug

Great Transition Resources for R2L Support for Secondary Transition Considerations


The Department of Ed has created a very useful resource to support secondary transition services for typical and continuous/hybrid learning models during COVID-19.  There are many great links to check out, so please bookmark this site! Check out R2L Support for Secondary Transition

 

 

3
Aug

Make Your Mark 2020 Conference goes virtual!


The Iowans with Disabilities in Action just released information on their upcoming Make Your Mark 2020 virtual conference.  The theme is Your VISION for the Future.  For more information and to register, click on REGISTER NOW below.

To register for the MAKE YOUR MARK 2020 Conference click REGISTER NOW

Please pass the word – -Those who register by August 11, 2020 will receive a conference T-shirt and bag. Registration closes on August 28th.

3
Jun

Check out the updated Voc Rehab Pre-ETS summer opportunities for students


Check out the updated Voc Rehab opportunities that are available for students!  Please pass this along and make sure your students and families are aware of these great learning experiences!   Please visit https://ivrs.iowa.gov/events/month to register for the sessions you are interested in attending!

You can download the brochure here:  IVRS Summer Pre-ETS Statewide Activities Flyer

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.