Please share this info with your teams, teachers, and families! This is important information to get out to our families of students who receive services through a waiver. See message below:
A third Managed Care Organization by the name of Iowa Total Care will be entering the system on July 1st. Medicaid recipients will be redistributed to include this third provider. Letters will be sent in March to families with an announcement of who their new MCO provider will be (if changed). If families are notified that they are reassigned and they want to stay with their current provider, they will have until June 18th to deny the change. The request to change to a different MCO will only be allowed at this time unless in an annual open enrollment period.
Your students/families who receive HCBS services will likely (with some exceptions) be getting a letter with information about their reassignment. Families need to be aware that they DO NOT have to accept this reassignment. They have until June 18 to make their wishes known or their reassignment will be enacted. Please review this information with families as you see fit.
Just wanted everyone to know that IVRS has filled some open positions, and the IVRS Counselors by School 2018-2019 contact sheet has been updated to reflect these changes. If you printed the list this fall, you will need to print the updated version for your file.
Also, as many IEPs are being held yet, we are attaching a sheet entitled Differences between High School & College Accommodations for Students with Disabilities that is used by one of our local community colleges. At each high school IEP, it is important to review student’s accommodations and modifications to see if they still need/use all of them listed on the previous IEP. It is also very important to discuss that VERY FEW high school accommodations will follow them to college, and almost NO modifications will be allowed at the postsecondary level. It is important to help the student understand how this may impact their postsecondary plans,
As stated in the last post on Graduation Requirements, the Iowa Department of Education as released an updated version with some additional information. Click Graduation Guidance for IEP Teams for the latest information how how these changes may impact our students on IEPs.
Please carefully help plan your students’/children’s class schedules as we wait for more details to be released. Remember, this will impact this year’s freshman class.
Join us October 24-26 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the 2018 DCDT International Conference
Pre-Conference: October 24, 2018
Conference: October 25-26, 2018
The International DCDT (Division on Career Development & Transition) Conference is going to be in our great state of Iowa this October! This is the perfect opportunity to hear the most current updates in transition for our youth.
For registration and hotel information, please click DCDT 2018
Please consider taking time to attend this conference, especially since it has never been in our own backyard before!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elaine Cook
As you know, helping our children/students to continually improve their self-advocacy skills is vitally important. If you are looking for a simple tool to help, please go to An Educational Journey from Self-Discovery to Advocacy. This handbook was revised by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) in partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and Transition Consulting, LLC. Funding was provided by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
- Chapter 1 – Disability Awareness
- Chapter 2 – Learning to Self-Advocate
- Chapter 3 – Transition: Career Planning and Community Connections
- Chapter 4- Participating in Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meetings
- Chapter 5- Resources
Chapter 2 – Learning to Self-Advocate has some very user friendly ideas that can be easily used in the classroom. Know that you can use any or all of these pages as a stand-alone item or done as the entire chapter.
Please remember to continually encourage your students to learn to speak up for themselves, as this will be a skill that will help them be as successful as they can be throughout their lives.
Below is a link to an article from the New York Times by Cammie McGovern from Aug. 31st. It is an EXCELLENT example of the perspective we need to keep as we are working with students with various disabilities. It is the perfect reminder that transition planning truly needs to be student-focused!
Read the entire article HERE
Have a great year, and remember, our whole purpose is to help students become as independent and successful as possible by the time they graduate! So, may we truly listen to them and follow their lead, focused on potential possibilities!
Below is an article from the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development spring newsletter. It has some great information on waiver services in Iowa, as well as, some helpful links. Just wanted to share this. Also, if you want to receive this newsletter via email, send your name and email address to: CenterLines@uiowa.edu