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6
Apr

Parent Gathering on Thursday, April 8th, and some info on guardianship


Parents Gathering

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.

19
Mar

Self-advocacy The Role of the Student-led IEP


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.

 

9
Feb

Embedding Employability Skills


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.

 

 

 

12
Jan

Vitals for Transition: How to Apply for Waiver Services – the Nuts & Bolts (part 2)


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:

Vitals in Transition Waiver, the Nuts and Bolts Jan 12, 2021

We hope this information is helpful in working with students, teachers, and families!

6
Jan

Join us for our next Vitals for Transition on Tuesday, January 12th @ noon


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.

 

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!

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.