See the video of Senator Hatch last night saying the budget was approved for $7million to buy down the waiting list for the waivers AND the governor has agreed to approve it! Thank you everyone for your hard work - together we can make a difference!…Continue
Added by Tammy Nyden on April 30, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments
Sugru is the new self-setting rubber for fixing, modifying and making stuff. Apply it, shape it, and watch it transform into a tough, durable, waterproof rubber with some amazing properties. You can learn more about it at http://sugru.com/. Although they show many "main stream" uses >> I am sure you all can think off many uses for it relating to assistive technology.
Added by Jane Gay on April 30, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Durrie Bouscaren of Iowa Public Radio News is looking to do a story about how important the CMH waiver is. She is ideally looking for a family that has been on the waiver, that can meet with her in person and talk about how it has helped them. If you are interested in being interviewed please contact her at: 515-725-1716
Please consider doing this - the more the public understands what the…Continue
Added by Tammy Nyden on April 29, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments
Here is the preliminary budget from the Iowa Legislative Health and Human Services Conference Committee. The committee reached a compromise of $6 million to new funding to take people off of the HCBS Waivers (which includes the…Continue
Added by Tammy Nyden on April 29, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments
Funding is needed to reduce the current waiting lists for services under the Health and Disability Waiver (2,793), Physical Disabilities Waiver (2,239), Children’s Mental Health waiver (1,644), and Brain Injury Waiver (914). It is estimated that more than $8 million is needed to eliminate current waiver waiting lists.
The Health and Human Services Budget (House File 2463) passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee late Thursday afternoon (April 17). The committee passed…Continue
Added by Tammy Nyden on April 25, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments
I found these recently while looking for information for my grandson’s “hand-writing problems”. Creativity when it comes to holding a pencil is not necessarily a good thing!!!!
The first video shows 2 very simple instructions that might be all that is needed to show a child how to hold the pencil correctly.…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on April 23, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Navigating your Way to AIM in the IEP: Who Needs AIM and Where does AIM Fit?
DATE: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 TIME: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar--a repeat of the session presented on March 20--introduces families and educators to a 4-step model for decision-making around AIM for an individual student and connects the model to the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Attention…Continue
Added by Deb Samson on April 18, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments
This short video demonstrates visually the definition of Assistive Technology. It is presented by the PACER Simon Technology Center. Use it to show anyone what assistive technology can do for your child. And from this YouTube page you can find all sorts of AT clips. …Continue
Added by Jane Gay on April 16, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments
The term "soft skills" is used to describe those skills we use everyday to be successful and productive. For example, these include being on time, personal appearance, communicating with others, transportation around the community, etc....
The link below will take you to a page that goes into more detail of these skills and the importance of them when transition planning for youth with disabilities!…Continue
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This info is from a resource that I consider quality - their information is always very well done and research based. What do you think of them?
Although most high school students gain skills related to…Continue
Added by Deb Samson on April 10, 2014 at 8:14am — No Comments
Kaitlyn's story makes me smile and is far better than any cup of coffee!! It is another example of the importance of work for us ALL :) Please click the link below and enjoy Kaitlyn's story
Added by Lori Moore on April 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
“The New Language of Toys” 2004 is a how-to guide about using everyday toys--both store bought and homemade--to develop communication skills in children with disabilities and make playtime a fun,…Continue
Added by Deb Samson on April 2, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Congratulations to Lisa Zimmerman for being the first person to post about her foster care experience. Click here to read her blog post. We encourage others to also share their stories in…Continue
Added by FIND Support on April 2, 2014 at 10:06am — No Comments
Brimming with practical ideas, Build It So They Can Play assists in building adapted equipment and implementing associated activities to create a successful environment for students with disabilities. This focuses on sports and recreation. Every equipment project, from the simplest to the…Continue