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10
Mar

AEA OT/PT Postsecondary Transition Conference – April 2-3


If you are looking for some great ideas that combine both OT/PT and transition, have we got a deal for you!

Consider attending the AEA OT/PT Postsecondary Transition Conference on April 2 -3rd in Altoona, IA.

Click here to register:  http://bit.ly/38rcc4k    using course 182391

  • Register by March 27th
  • Lunch provided
  • 12.0 CEUs available
  • Cost: $85

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17
Feb

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa – Updated


Issues in Substitute Decision Making

Iowa Legal Aid and The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) have developed a guide entitled Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa 2020 to help further your understanding of guardianship and conservatorship in Iowa. This is a great tool to share!

In this publication, questions like “What is Guardianship and Conservatorship?”, “Who Needs a Guardian or Conservator?” are addressed. The criteria for establishing a guardianship or conservatorship and how to set up a guardianship are explained, as well as how to determine the actual need.

These materials are a general summary of the law. They are not meant to completely explain all that you should know about guardianship and conservatorship. You should see a lawyer to get complete, correct and up-to-date legal advice. Iowa’s law on guardianship and conservatorship is found in Iowa’s Probate Code starting at section 633.551.

This document is also linked under the PARENTS tab under LEGAL CONCERNS on Moving Students Forward for future reference.

14
Feb

Iowa’s Work-based Learning Conference


If you are looking for some great ideas to develop your school to work program, consider attending this conference on Aprill 22-23rd in Ankeny.  For more information and registration, go to https://www.acteonline.org/wbl-conference/#toggle-id-5

20
Jan

New Self-Advocacy tools


At our last zoom (January 14, 2020) on Self-Advocacy and  Student-led IEPs, we shared two new forms that you may want to consider using to help students with their long term planning.  Both of these tools are from the ME!  Lessons for Teaching Self Awareness & Self Advocacy Curriculum.  This is located at the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the  University of Oklahoma.

The first form was the Self Awareness Project Planning Guide.   This form can help organize information into a beginning three-step process that aligns with their living, learning, and working goals.

 

 

The second form was “Where do I go from here?” This form again is aligned with the student’s postsecondary expectations but helps break the process down into different actions to help them see what responsibilities they may need to take to make it happen.

 

These two new forms will also be posted on the TEACHER tab, under Student Led IEPs.

7
Jan

Links corrected on new Google forms!!


The links have been corrected on the two new Google versions of the  General Education Classroom summaries that were posted on January 5th so you should now be able to open them and save a copy.

Thanks to KM for the heads-up that these were not workable links!!  🙂

And sorry that we forgot to make the sharing changes so you could access them!

Now, go make a copy and get some good information to share with your families!  🙂

 

 

2
Jan

More New forms on MSF


On our Vitals for Transition Zoom “Updates on the Transition Alignment Process”  (posted under the EVENTS tab) we shared several new forms and websites for your use.  Here are a few you may want to add to your transition toolbox:

General Education Classroom Summary – Version 1 Google form:  This is similar to the printable one-page version on this site, but with the ease of a Google form.  If you choose to use it, be sure to first SAVE A COPY for your own personal use.  Then, each time you want to use it, save it for each specific student you are using it for because Google will allow you to print a compiled list of your teacher’s responses that you can share at the student’s meeting.  This is a great way to share this information with parents.

 

General Education Classroom Survey – Version 2 Google form:  This form is similar to the one above, and was shared with us by Manson NW Webster teacher Alexandrea Hanson, so thanks!!  Again, you would need to SAVE A COPY of this form for your own personal use, just like above.

Here is the paper copy of the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) This form now has a front & a backside, so hopefully will capture more transferrable (soft) skills that will be important for students to have as they transition to life after high school.

18
Oct

New forms on Moving Students Forward


There are several new forms that have been added to our MSF website.  A few will be highlighted here, but we may have forgetten to note them all.  Use as you need, and if you have any questions, please let us know!

First, hopefully by now all of you have received an updated copy of our Page B – Best Practices Fall 2019 – updateIt is printed on bright green paper, if that helps you know which form we are referring to.  This form REPLACES the one that is found in our Guiding Transition Booklet, since we updated the graduation requirement section due to the changes that took effect last year.

 

Next, we have updated the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) form. This form can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANSITION PLANNING FORMS tab, and you will find it listed in the column.   We added four more questions to the bottom of the Likert Scale section, and moved the valuable teacher input to the back of the page.   And soon we hope to share a google form version of this with you to use, if you prefer to get your input that way!  Stay tuned!

 

Also new this year is the Competitive Employment Skills Sheet This can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANISITON PLANNING FORMS tab, then under the WORKING RESOURCES tab.  Thanks to the Ft. Dodge teachers for sharing this great form that they developed!  Whoo hoo!  It is great because it gets the perspective from all three parties:  the parent, the student, and the educator!  Thanks Ft. Dodge!!  🙂

 

 

 

17
Sep

Regular Diploma Guidance for Families


Check out the video link below! This is NOT new information, but it is in a NEW FORMAT. This video follows the text of the family guidance document on this topic. It is easy to watch and to listen to, and should be helpful to families.!

12
Aug

Make Your Mark Conference in September


Please be sure to share this with your families!

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
September 26, 2019—September 27, 2019

Join us for the 2019 Make Your Mark! Conference. Sessions this year are focused on developing your leadership skills.

We are excited to be able to offer FREE registration for individuals with disabilities, family members and direct care support professionals accompanying a participant!* Attendance will be limited to the first 150 people to register. So don’t wait!

For more information and a list of speakers, click THIS LINK
18
Apr

FREE Caregiver Retreat and Transition Conference – June 7-8th


Please share this with any families that have middle school/high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This sounds like a fantastic day of learning about helping young adults on the spectrum transition to adult health care and specialty services.    And remember, this conference is FREE! See the information below:

You must register by May 10th.  Click REGISTER HERE to register