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Monica Rouse
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  • Durant, IA
  • United States
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My role:
Parent, Advocate, Professional
My Age Range:
My child's age range:
Transition Beyond High School
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About Myself:
I have been in the public education profession for over 20 years serving middle and high school students as a teacher and principal. I served as dispute resolution facilitator for ASK for 4 years, and I currently work for the Department of Education as a learning consultant for Iowa Learning Online specifically as the curriculum and professional development coordinator.
About My Family:
I have been married to my husband for 23 years. We have two children, both in college.
I'm here because...
Our daughter, Beth, was born with Leber's Congenital Amaurosis and was diagnosed at 5 months. She has been a client at the University of Iowa since her diagnosis. This means she has no rods in her eyes so her night and peripheral vision is absent. In addition, she has other visual challenges that result in her being legally blind. Because of her visual limitations she is proficient in Braille and is highly competitive in academic endeavors. She is strong-willed and independent and has a passion for justice. She is currently attending Central College and doing well. She has a passion for life and for service to others that inspires me everyday to be a better person.
Disability Interests:
Visual Impairment

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Meet Edie Bogaczyk...Attorney at Law

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 8:54am 0 Comments

Recently, in a RESPECT training, I met a new attorney who just hung her sign in the Des Moines area. She is a member of the RESPECT training in Des Moines, and is available to support parents when legal challenges may arise with the needs of a child conflict with the services the public school system provides or is willing to provide. I was excited to interview her and relay the information to the FIND audience.

Q1: Tell us a bit about yourself, including what drew you to the…


RESPECT Training is OPEN

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

All IEP team members can benefit from training in communication that results in a more effective IEP/504/IFSP or other individual service plan meeting. Recognizing Everyones' Strengths through Peacebuilding, Empathy, Communication, and Trustbuilding (RESPECT) is a four day training that is focused on building skills in deep listening, connecting with team members, and communicating in a way that benefits the services provided to the student.

Instruction is a combination of several…


The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder requires attention

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

 In 2008, 1 in every 88 children, age 8, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). That statistic jumped to 1 in every 68 in the 2012 statistics reported by the Center for Disease and Control (CDC).  In addition, for each girl diagnosed with ASD four boys are diagnosed. Caucasian children are diagnosed at a higher rate than non-Hispanic and Black subgroups, and of those diagnosed children, age 8, reported by the CDC, 53% have an IQ below the average range. Now I am not necessarily a…


Braille Challenge update

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Four young ladies represented Iowa at the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles this past weekend. The ladies were four of sixty who competed in different age groups (of over 1,000 kids in the nation who tested in regional rounds earlier this spring). Iowa was represented by Lauren Thomson and Alyssa Townsend at the junior varsity level and Anabelle Costanzo and Beth Rouse at the varsity level. Alyssa and Anabelle placed third in their respective age categories and received cash prizes.…


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At 7:43am on November 11, 2013, Nicole Mathews said…
How do I email my graduate credit paper? There was no email address provided in the binder, in class, and I'm not seeing anything on this site.

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