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January 2015 Blog Posts (17)

More from InfoNet: Guiding Principles for Manage Care Plans


The National Council on Disability has developed a checklist of ten items they consider "Guiding Principles" that can be used to evaluate a state's managed care plan proposals.  Any plan put forth by the state should meet and exceed the expectations in these "Guiding Principles."   You can see the full explanation of these principles …


Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 30, 2015 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Medicaid Managed Care Surfaces

From the InfoNet Newsletter - A Publication that tracks disability related issues in Iowa:


Iowa's Medicaid budget is facing a crisis.  First, the federal match rate changed so Iowa will get fewer federal dollars. An additional $56 million in state dollars is needed to make up for this loss.  The cost of services goes up each year, and…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 30, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

New 2015 Effort in Congress: Fully Fund IDEA!

Lawmakers in Congress are renewing efforts to ensure that the federal government lives up to its promise to fully fund special education.

 A bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for Uncle Sam to increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act incrementally.

 Congress committed to pay 40 percent of the cost — a level that is considered to be full funding — back when IDEA first became law in 1975, but has never lived up to that…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 30, 2015 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Super Bowl Ad to feature A Girl with Down Syndrome

Meet the adorable six year old who is featured in the McDonald's commercial. She's going to steal your heart!

Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 30, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Free Help with Filing Your Taxes


If you earned $58,000 or less in 2014, you may be eligible to receive FREE tax preparation, by IRS certified tax preparers. You also may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Care Tax Credits. This is your money to keep and save.


Call 2-1-1 or  515-246-6555 for an appointment or more information. 2-1-1  is free and available…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 30, 2015 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Dear Sibling to a Child with Special Needs

This is such a beautiful and encouraging article/letter to siblings of children with special needs!  A must read for siblings and parents!…


Added by Pam Meeker on January 28, 2015 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

Learning to Advocate

When your child is diagnosed with a learning challenge, or any challenge for that matter, you are suddenly thrust into a new world.  A world you probably know nothing about, a scary world.  You're lost and you feel alone.  Yep, been there!

Rest assured, you're not alone.  However, connecting with other parents and finding the resources you need may take time and can be difficult.  In a perfect world, your child's…


Added by Trinette Winn on January 27, 2015 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Write Your Way to Happiness!

Writing Your Way to Happiness by Tara Parker-Hope

(Click above to read)

“Writing forces people to reconstrue whatever

is troubling them and find new meaning…


Added by Nicole Hill on January 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Courage League Sports

Courage League Sports is a recreational adaptive sports facility  in Des Moines. It is specifically designed for children not able to go “full speed” due to disability, illness, or emotional challenges. Their programs provide an opportunity to play in sports leagues, participate in group classes or play around during open gym nights at everyone’s own skill level. They strive to ensure a positive recreational experience for all children and their families. They encourage participants to have…


Added by Jane Gay on January 21, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

FIND Staff
A Case for Inclusion

The attached document is the Case for Inclusion 2014 Report issued by United Cerebral Palsy. The Case for Inclusion is an annual ranking of how well state Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

The University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living concisely identifies the four key aspects of a high functioning and effective Medicaid program.

The Case for Inclusion’s five major…


Added by FIND Support on January 20, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

When there isn't family for a student with disabilities

This is going to be a 'crowd source' blog, in that I am going to post a question. and I would like readers to post their thoughts in the blog! Shall we give it try?

I should probably start with a simpler issue, but this a recent question to me, and I don't know that answer.

I am beginning to hear reports of students with disabilities who do not have family available to them, are approaching 18, and who are in need of guardians. Do any of you have experience with this issue?…


Added by Deb Samson on January 14, 2015 at 9:44am — 2 Comments

Adapted basketball

Another section of the NCHPAD website goes into adapted basketball.


Added by Jane Gay on January 14, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Now Available! 2015 Inclusive Technology Catalogue

Get your copy, click on the…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 12, 2015 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Evaluating The School Year...what's next?

So it's January, typically the end of the 1st semester.  Time for some evaluation.  How's your child doing? How are their grades?  Are teachers keeping you informed?  Are YOU connecting with the teacher?  Are YOU keeping the teachers on their toes?

The end of the semester, many times, is the first time a parent finds out their child is struggling.  That struggle may be minor and easily dealt with or there may be a much…


Added by Trinette Winn on January 12, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

Living in the Community -- What Do You or Your Child Need?

Hi all: I want to share an opportunity for individuals with disabilities or families to share their thoughts with Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. So what is this and why is it important?

Background:  Disability Advocates have been concerned for a long time; there were not enough supports and services in place so individuals with disabilities could live successful lives in the community. People with disabilities were telling…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 7, 2015 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Adapted Yoga for kids

Check out the information about Adapted Yoga for Kids on the NCHPAD website.…


Added by Jane Gay on January 7, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

FIND Staff
A personal journey into special education

"Welcome to a new year and your next issue of Each and Every Child! In today’s issue, meet Jason Volmer, the coordinator of special education in the Urbandale Community School District. You’ll understand what motivates Jason on a very deep level." - Jim Flamsburg…


Added by FIND Support on January 6, 2015 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

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