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!!
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.