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May 2014 Blog Posts (12)

Valedictorian with Disabilities

Jalen Pope, just graduated at the top of his class.  This May, amid the Pomp and Circumstance...the cheers and tears of a sea of'll find Jalen Pope, a member of the Class of 2014. As his senior year winds down, Jalen sails through difficult math problems, but his academic success didn't come without struggles.

Click here to read Jalen's story…


Added by Lori Moore on May 28, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Universal Home Design

The Universal Home Design guide is available on-line at in the publications section. Use the guide to work with a contractor to build a new house or remodel your existing home. It has a checklist for each area of the house. “Universal design” or…


Added by Jane Gay on May 28, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

1-year-old Hears for the First Time

A Texas couple is sharing the moment of their 1-year-old daughter hearing for the first time. It happens thanks to an amazing procedure, called the Auditory Brainstem Implant. She was diagnosed with Charge Syndrome, which left her deaf due to missing auditory nerves. Without auditory nerves, she was ineligible for a cochlear implant. She is the youngest patient to undergo this procedure. Doctors are unable to guarantee she'll be able to understand spoken words, even though she'll hear noise.…


Added by Nicole Hill on May 27, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Personal experiences help strengthen advocacy skills

            Recently I had the opportunity to visit the day treatment program at the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development. I was invited to visit this facility as a part of my advocacy services for a family in southern Iowa. The resident school district is struggling to educationally support this young girl who has been diagnosed Tourette’s syndrome, disruptive behavior disorders, AD/HD, developmental delays, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Her problem behaviors…


Added by Monica Rouse on May 24, 2014 at 8:02pm — 2 Comments

Courage League Sports Summer Sports Camp

Courage League Sports is an adaptive sports and recreational facility specifically designed for children and adults not able to go "full speed" due to a disability, illness, or emotional challenge.  Our programs provide an opportunity to play in sports leagues, participate in group classes, play around during open gym nights, or participate in our School Break Camps at everyone's own skill level.

In reference to our School Break Camps, Courage League Sports is offering a 10-week…


Added by Courage League Sports on May 22, 2014 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Assistive Technology in Action Video Series

Assistive Technology in Action Video Series (click to follow link)                    

FCTD and PACER Center are pleased to share thier fully-captioned assistive technology awareness series, AT in Action. The videos are designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at…


Added by Jane Gay on May 21, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

The National Gallery of Art - NGAkids Art Zone

The  NGAkids Art Zone (click to follow) allows children to experience the museum's collections and create art themselves. This is an interactive site with lots of activities for kids of all ages and abilities. All of the activities are accessible online with a free user account. The activities give children the opportunity to create animated seascapes by arranging photographs on a background, create an abstract…


Added by Jane Gay on May 14, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

Call Gov. Branstad right way and tell him not to veto the reduction of the waiting list of the Home Health Care Waivers!

The legislature approved $7 million to go towards reducing the waiting list of home health care waivers, including the Children's Mental Health Waiver, which provides essential services to children with serious mental illness [The Health and Human Services Budget (House File 2463)] . Please contact Govenor Brandstad right away and tell him why it is important that he does NOT veto this line of the budget this year (the way he vetoed it last year.) The waiting list is now over two years and…

Added by Tammy Nyden on May 13, 2014 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Iowa's parks

Looking for something to do this summer? Don’t forget Iowa’s state parks. Many have accessible programs, cabins, campsites and picnic shelters. You can find out more at

Added by Jane Gay on May 11, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

FREE Google Tools for Special Needs

 Presentation: There are many free tools, apps, extensions, and features available for Google products to assist students with special needs. This can include students with vision or hearing impairments, or challenges with reading, writing, organization, and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use these with students. “Google Tools for Special Needs"   

Added by Jane Gay on May 7, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

register for your set soon!

Scott County Kids Family Panel Conference is coming up on May 17th, register soon to reserve your seat.

Added by Tara Witherow on May 4, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments

A Custom Bike For Scooter FUNraiser!

A Bike For Scooter - GoFundMe link to make a donation. Very appreciative...every bit helps us to our goal.

Here is the interview with KCCI that aired 5/1/14. Thank you KCCI for sharing our story.…


Added by Brenda on May 2, 2014 at 9:41am — No Comments

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