The registration link is finally up for the Special Education Symposium! Click here: “REGISTER” to sign up today! See the details on the flyer below for more information.
Registration is under way for the 2016 Special Education Symposium held in Des Moines June 13-14.
The symposium, which is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and is at no cost to participants, is intended for special education teachers, teacher leaders and mentors, Area Education Agency staff, administrators, and families with students with disabilities.
Breakout sessions will include topics such as enhancements for early interventions, literacy and significant disabilities, improving adolescent literacy, leadership supports in special education, teaching social emotional skills, and addressing Specially Designed Instruction through diagnosis, design, delivery and engagement.
Keynote speakers are Don Deshler, a nationally known expert is Specially Designed Instruction and Todd Whitaker, who specializes in staff motivation for teachers and administrators. Another keynote speaker is Tim Harris, a 26-year-old with Down Syndrome who owns and runs his restaurant in Albuquerque, Ariz. He also runs a nonprofit, Tim’s Big Heart Foundation, which helps people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
In addition to the keynote speakers, there also will be nationally renowned speakers at the breakout sessions.
The symposium will be held at the Iowa Events Center. When making hotel reservations, be sure to mention that you are attending the Iowa Department of Education Symposium.
We look forward to learning and networking with you there!
No… that is NOT Iowa spelled incorrectly! If you have heard the acronym “WIOA” it stands for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
There are still lots of details to work out as this new process moves forward, so to help you have some basic information, here are several documents that may help you understand some of these changes:
- Memorandum of Agreement notice between IVRS & the DE
- WIOA Webinar Powerpoint – Dec. 2015
- WIOA Webinar – approximately 30 minutes
- FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
All of the information above may be found on the Department of Education website under Special Education/Secondary Transition.
As more information comes out, we will keep you posted!
Check out this great website Look, Cook & Eat and then share it with your friends & families! And it’s nice to know that this site was developed by a local Des Moines person. It’s a great resource to utilize with our schools who teach more of a life skills program, so be sure to pass this site along to others, including your school’s Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers!
- It costs $30 for a year subscription to a digital step by step cooking magazine for individuals with disabilities.
- It shares easy to follow videos, and is a great resource!
- It’s about being able to fix well-balanced but easy meals… something many of us (well, at least myself!!) can always use!
So, check it out, and see if this is a perfect tool to help our students/children become even more independent!
The Iowa Department of Education has just posted the Age of Majority documents in multiple languages on the DE Website! This is great for our families who need to understand these important topics in different languages. The links include not only the parent and student guides, but also copies of the Power of Attorney (directions and actual form) and a copy of the revocation of Power of Attorney (both directions & actual form).
The Age of Majority materials are now in English, Arabic, Bosnian, Laotian, Serbo- Croatian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. (Hint: One district gives both the English copy, as well as, the copy in the family’s language to help them learn the words – – via the parent’s request!) Below are the links, which are also found on the DE web site at the top of this page:
Age of Majority Materials in English
Arabic Age of Majority Materials
Bosnian Age of Majority Materials
Laotian Age of Majority Materials
Serbo-Croatian Age of Majority Materials
Spanish Age of Majority Materials
Vietnamese Age of Majority Materials
Thanks, Iowa DE, for translating these for our families!!
The Junior-Senior Checklist – for Postsecondary has recently been updated to better reflect a “to do” list for students before they head off for additional training after graduating from high school.
If you have copies of the original sheet, please recycle those and use this revised version. The major change is due to the shift in Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Your high school counselor is also an excellent resource for other postsecondary considerations.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has some great ways for students to practice for their driver’s license test.
Iowa Driver Practice Test site
There is also a new option that has an additional link you can open easily on your desktop!
Click on the DOT Motor Vehicle Link and you can also access the other options (Android, iPad, Kindle Fire) here as well. These are very easy to use sites that your student/child can practice when they have some spare time.
The entire Driver’s License Manuel may also be viewed online (and printed in sections, if desired) for easy access.
Thanks, Iowa DOT, for making this available for use!
Do you know a teen with a disability, who wants to work on independence or discuss training/ employment options, transition to adult medical care, relationships, and other future plans? CDD’s new Transition Clinic in Iowa City opens on Wednesday, January 21st and will run on the third Wednesday of each month.
Anne Tabor and Joni Bosch have been working on transitions services for a long time. Joni Bosch, Jennifer Luria, Mary Corbin, Tammy Becicka, Dr. Dianne McBrien, and Anne Tabor will be part of the team.
Below is a flyer that provides information about this new service. Please share this information with others who may have interest in this service.
If you have any questions about CDD’s Transition Clinic, please contact:
As with any new program, there is always a new learning curve.
For almost a decade, your transition coordinators have trained (and trained!) that Middle School Special Education teachers should almost NEVER have to fill in the dates for Age of Majority on Page A of the IEP.
If you don’t remember what Age of Majority is all about (because you didn’t need to know it!), filling in these dates meant that you distributed the Age of Majority – Parents Guide as well as the Age of Majority – Student Guide at the IEP meeting. The date that this was done is documented in the notification blanks listed as student and parent. (see sample below). In order to meet compliance, this had to be documented prior to the student turning 17 years old.
The major change is that the new IEP form will not submit UNTIL these blanks are filled in for any student reaching transition age (13+) and up. That means it will be the middle school special education teachers most often filling in these blanks and distributing the parent and student forms.
It does not seem realistic that many parents of 13½ year olds will be focusing on their child’s 18th birthday. Since this information can be critically important for future planning, it will probably mean that high school special education teachers will need to redistribute the Parent and Student Guides again, prior to the student’s 17th birthday.
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact your transition coordinator.