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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.

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!  🙂