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Great training for Student Advocacy!

If you have ever taken any of the KU Strategies trainings, then you know how user-friendly these are with your students!  Just wanted to share that there is a new one-day training on “self-advocacy” and “possible selves” coming soon on September 30th.  Please see the flyer  below for more specific details, as well, as, how to sign up so you can attend.  These are both important skills that students need to transition smoothly and fits well into 21st century skills!  Sign up today!

KU 2015 Self Advocacy.Possible SelvesRegistration: NO RENEWAL OR GRADUATE CREDIT WILL BE OFFERED FOR THIS CLASS. Please register to attend this class by Friday, Sept. 25 by clicking on the link below:
Please contact Julie Meyer if you have questions (




Guardianship Workshop – May 15th in Ft. Dodge

If you and/or some of your student’s parents have questions regarding guardianship, please share the following information below with them.  Also note that you must RSVP for this free workshop by Monday, May 12th:

Guardianship Flyer 5-15-14


Outstanding Family Conference Opportunity – Saturday, May 4th

The ASK Resource Center is hosting a FREE statewide Family Conference  on Saturday, May 4th in West Des Moines.  We know the end of the school year is packed with lots to do, but this is truly a golden opportunity if you can attend.

Family Conference Banner


  • 8:45 a.m.—9:20 a.m. (Check in & childcare drop off)
  • 9:30 a.m. —4:30 p.m. (Conference)
  • Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
  • 1800 50th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266

Family Conference Flyer with registration links
FREE Childcare is available on-site at the conference. You must register for childcare by Friday, April 26th.
Parent Stipends, Mileage Stipends, & Hotel Stipends for Iowa Families are available.

  • Box lunch will be provided!
  • Earn a chance to be in a drawing for an IPAD!

Regardless of the age of your child, you will find helpful breakout sessions loaded with relevant national and state-wide disability information on health, education, advocacy, & self determination!

The Conference will feature two keynote speakers:

David Wetherow

David Wetherow is an internationally recognized leader in community living & self-directed supports. David shares his “Star Raft” tools, an inno-vative model of step by step actions and resources to support your family and child in the community.

LeDerick Horne is a poet, disability advocate and entrepreneur who uses his gift for spoken word poetry as a teaching tool. LeDerick has been recognized across the country as a motivational speaker and disability advocate. He currently chairs Project Eye to Eye, a national nonprofit that provides mentoring programs for students with LD/ADHD.

For Questions or registration information, please contact Paula Connolly at 1-800-450-8667 or


Register NOW for our April Transition Trainings!

We hope that all of our middle school and high school special education teachers have received an email about TWO SEPARATE TRAINING DAYS coming up in April.  Due to the format, each session will be LIMITED to the first 65 teachers that register.  We have had an AWESOME response, so both trainings are filling fast!

Wednesday, APRIL 10th from 9:00 – 3:30 at the Pocahontas AEA Office: Sean Roy from PACER & Karen Thompson from ASK Resource Center will present on the “Relationship between Transition Planning and Postsecondary Success.” Topics include: Employment, Preparing for Postsecondary Education, & Engaging Parents.

Tuesday, APRIL 23rd from 9:00 – 3:30 at the Pocahontas AEA Office: Topics will include – Incorporating I Have a Plan Iowa information into the IEP process, the updated Transition Matrix, and AEA 8’s new Transition Blog, featuring sites to help with the transition process.

Register by clicking on this link:  Transition Trainings April 10th & 23rd

** Districts will be reimbursed for substitute teacher pay.

** Lunch will be provided.

An email will be sent to you within ONE week of submitting this form, confirming status of your registration.


Mark your calendars!

The transition department will be providing trainings on Wednesday, April 10th and Tuesday, April 23, 2013.  Both trainings will be held at the AEA Office in Pocahontas.

We are just in the planning stage of having Sean Roy, from PACER Center be our key presenter, along with Karen Thompson, from ASK Resources for the April 10th date.

We are hoping to be able to present more information to our special education teachers on April 23rd in regards to incorporating I Have A Plan Iowa information into the IEP for next fall’s IEPs.

Watch here for updates in our planning process!