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February 2015 Blog Posts (16)

Tax Preparation and the Affordable Care Act

The health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will bring some changes to the 2014 federal income tax return that individuals file in 2015. This year marks the first time that taxpayers will be asked to report health care coverage, and individuals who purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace may be eligible for the premium tax credit. Here are some helpful resources to assist individuals in filing their tax return:…


Added by Ashley Gill on February 27, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

Check It Out!! Dr. Ann Glang scheduled to present in both Des Moines & Iowa City

A conversation about "kids, brain injuries and schools" with international educator and researcher Dr. Ann Glang is on the schedule for Tuesday, March 3 in Iowa City and Wednesday, March 4th in Johnston at ChildServ.  For more information and to RSVP for the event, click the Brain Injury Association link below:…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on February 26, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Summary Update: Action Alerts - HR 5 - An education bill - "The Student Success Act"

From TASH: an organization focused on individuals with significant or multiple disabilities:

ESEA Reauthorization Bill Moving Fast, Could Harm Students with Disabilities


Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the new Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently released a discussion draft bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on February 24, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

ZLS Consulting T-Shirt for S.H.I.N.E.

S.H.I.N.E. is the newest campaign for ZLS Consulting, LLC. This campaign is dedicated to teaching storytelling and advocacy techniques to individuals and families with disability. 

Visit the following webpage for more information. Our content is a work in progress.

Great news! We are developing our own t-shirts for S.H.I.N.E.  and The ASK Resources board approved for ZLS to donate…


Added by Zachary Stier on February 24, 2015 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Nationwide Release of the BEP’s U.S. Currency Reader Program to Help the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is now accepting and processing applications nationwide from blind or visually impaired individuals who wish to receive a currency reader to denominate U.S. currency.  Under the U.S. Currency Reader Program, U.S. citizens or persons legally residing in the U.S. and its territories who are blind or visually impaired can obtain a currency reader device at no cost.  The currency…


Added by Jane Gay on February 24, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

Does Your Family Love Watching Movies Together?

Everyone has a favorite movie.

Discover what Emily, a little girl who is blind, sees when she watches hers – The Wizard of Oz. Now, with the first talking guide from XFINITY, millions of people like Emily can enjoy the magic of TV shows and movies independently.

Added by Paula S. Connolly on February 20, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Abilities - Handle with Care

Today I started reading Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, a story about a little girl born with OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta). Children who have OI have very fragile bones. Willow, although immobilized due to several bone fractures, is actually very advanced for her age. Since she can't move, she spends most of her time reading books and online. At age five, she already has a sixth grade reading…


Added by Nicole Hill on February 14, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

National No One Eats Alone Day Aims to Broaden Friendships

Today, over 400,000 middle school students — in over 700 schools in 38 states — will be participating in National No One Eats Alone Day, a lunchtime school event that seeks to reverse the trends of social isolation by asking students to engage in a simple act of kindness at lunch: making sure that no one is eating alone and students are making an effort to eat with new classmates and peers.

No One Eats Alone is a year-old campaign created by Beyond Differences, an organization…


Added by Ashley Gill on February 13, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments


Unfrazzle is a free app for caregivers. It can keep track of medications, chores, appointments, notes for doctors or anything you’d like. You can even coordinate care with others who have Unfrazzle. This app is available at both the iTunes and GooglePlay stores.

Added by Jane Gay on February 11, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Learning to Advocate 2

As I was looking back at my previous blogs and deciding what subject to tackle next, I decided that learning to advocate is a huge subject and maybe I needed to spend a little more time on it.  After all, it's the most important thing you'll learn and the most important thing you'll do as a parent.  It also may very well be the most difficult for many parents.

For many reasons, advocating and speaking out can be very…


Added by Trinette Winn on February 10, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

Keystone AEA PEC Parent Newsletter Now Available

A new Parent & Educator Connection newsletter that focuses on post-secondary education can be found here. 

Added by Brooke Gassman on February 9, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Meet Edie Bogaczyk...Attorney at Law

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…


Added by Monica Rouse on February 9, 2015 at 8:54am — No Comments

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Added by Zachary Stier on February 6, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

ARC MA Chapter Hosting $20.00 Webinar on ABLE Legislation

The Massachusetts ARC Chapter is hosting an information webinar on Tuesday, February 10th, 7:00 pm Eastern for families.  Registration is required and there is a fee of $20.00 to attend. Click this link for registration and other information:

Added by Paula S. Connolly on February 5, 2015 at 5:08pm — No Comments

ABLE Act Legislation

Families have been calling with lots of questions about the ABLE act legislation signed into law recently by President Obama. It is our understanding rules have not been written so there are more questions then answers right now.  There are two fact sheets attached from the ARC site that gives an overview. The attachment marked "long" has more details.  The other attachment is a shorter overview!…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on February 5, 2015 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Teacher Tech

Here is resource to share with your child’s teacher.

The West Virginia AT Program (like the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology) has a newsletter for teachers.  Although no longer being published, back issues are at


Added by Jane Gay on February 4, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

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