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March 2015 Blog Posts (12)

Do Not Fear Transition

Transition. It is a word I avoid. One that spreads fear in my thoughts. For you see, some days I feel as if I can barely get through the day. You know that feeling, we all know it. Yet, with all my careful planning and working towards success for my three kids who have disabilities you would think I have it all already figured it out. I don’t. Like most moms I am clueless other than my wishes for success. I tend to live day to day.

            Before I can continue I should introduce…


Added by Melinda Smith Pace on March 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Gigi's Playhouse

            Recently I attended the annual gala for Gigi’s Playhouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Gigi’s Playhouse is a resource / achievement center for those who have Down syndrome.  Gigi’s was founded in Chicago 11 years ago by a mom who has a daughter that also has Down syndrome.  Since then there are Gigi’s Playhouses all over the nation that have followed their model. 

            The location in Des Moines will have their 5th anniversary in May of this year.  In December,…


Added by Lisa Woiwood on March 28, 2015 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Smart Steps Mobile app

 Smart Steps Mobile is an app for iPhones or Android smartphones. Developed by an educator, Smart Steps supports a person with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, or other cognitive issues (TBI, ADHD, etc.) to solve problems when in the community going to work,…


Added by Jane Gay on March 25, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

S.H.I.N.E. Weekly Challenge

Enjoy our S.H.I.N.E. weekly challenge.

Added by Zachary Stier on March 24, 2015 at 11:27am — No Comments

S.H.I.N.E. T-Shirts

Are you a person who S.H.I.N.E.'s? Please visit our website about our S.H.I.N.E. campaign and enjoy our weekly S.H.I.N.E. challenges.

Also, visit our store to purchase products related to S.H.I.N.E. 5% of the proceeds from S.H.I.N.E. products will be given to ASK Resources.



Added by Zachary Stier on March 24, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments

Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke

Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke

This is something you could share with the fire department in your community.

A new training video to inform firefighters, police officers and other first responders on how to recognize signs of, and unique issues presented by, children and young adults with autism is now on YouTube. The video is funded by the PA Developmental Disabilities Council and is available…


Added by Jane Gay on March 17, 2015 at 9:24am — No Comments

ABLE Act: Is Your Family Ready?

The ABLE Act legislation was signed into law on January 19th by President Obama. There are two more steps to complete before families can set up ABLE accounts: a) national rules have to be written; b) individual states must each pass legislation that aligns with the federal rules.

The National Disability Institute prepared this YouTube video outlining six steps families can complete so they are "ABLE ready" when the final two steps are finished. To view the video:…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on March 17, 2015 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

It Takes a Village...Well, At Least a Team

When I was propelled into the world of IEP's, 504's, Accommodations, etc. I was suddenly surrounded by people telling me what was best for my child.  The teachers would give their opinion and advice and AEA consultants would tell me what they felt was best.  There are doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers...then of course there are the "outsiders," the people who don't really know you or your child but share an abundance of advice and…


Added by Trinette Winn on March 16, 2015 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

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Home-Schooling Parents Protest Draft IEP Proposal by Sandy Hook Panel

Home-Schooling Parents Protest Draft IEP Proposal by Sandy Hook Panel


Added by FIND Support on March 13, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Paralympic experience at Kirkwood Community College 3-28

Paralympic Experience@ Kirkwood Community College Recreational Center

Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Curious about the Paralympics? Come on out and get the REAL experience. This year we will be showcasing wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, archery, hand-cycling, and more to come!

Pre-registration is recommended  in order to meet your needs.

You may register at the…


Added by Jane Gay on March 6, 2015 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

Employment Possibilities

 The ultimate outcome of transition is for our students with disabilities to successfully progress to either competitive employment or post secondary education upon leaving high school.  How this is achieved is different for each student in each district and can often be a difficult and frustrating process.

            I recently attended the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment.  I had heard of this organization and wanted to learn more about it. The Coalition is represented by a…


Added by Lisa Woiwood on March 4, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Is The Plan Working?

So how do you know if the plan that was put in place is working?  Ask your child.  If your child is able to communicate to you, ask them how things are going.  As most parents know, you have to ask specific questions or you just get the proverbial "okay" or "fine."  You know what accommodations were put in place, ask your child if each specific accommodation is being done and if they are being done by all of the…


Added by Trinette Winn on March 2, 2015 at 10:48am — No Comments

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