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July 2015 Blog Posts (22)

HyVee KidsFit

 Hy-Vee KidsFit is an interactive health and wellness website for children, teens and families that offers a free, online personal trainer. The workouts and activities featured on KidsFit require no equipment or gym memberships, making it accessible to children and teens of all skill levels. The website — — also features fun workout videos, nutrition blogs written by Hy-Vee dietitians and health…


Added by Jane Gay on July 29, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

25 Years of ADA -- Let's Celebrate!

Sunday, July 26, 2015, marked the 25th year of the ADA (The Americans with Disabilities Act). Cities across the country held their own celebrations over the weekend. Hopefully you were able to get out and celebrate!

The march in Des Moines, Iowa, took place on Friday, July 24. The…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Can this test predict if a child will have literacy problems?

A test may be able to tell if a child will have literacy challenges later in life, well before he or she even attempts to read. 

All reading begins with hearing, which is the basis of this reasearch. We need to learn how to catalog important sounds and separate them from pure noise.

Learn more about this test here

What if we could test…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 22, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Beyond sidewalks >> Accessible information and communication technology

Help your community learn about accessible information and communication technology.

Accessible Information and Communication Technology can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.  By sharing information about the webinar series below, you can improve access in your community.  This training was developed by and for "techies" that do this type of work. 

 Who to share it with:  educators at local schools and…


Added by Jane Gay on July 22, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coloring Contest

The Iowa State Fair is having a coloring contest!

Youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can show off their creative side in the 2015 Coloring Contest. See rules and entry form for more information.

Download entry form and coloring sheet:…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 20, 2015 at 1:12pm — No Comments

New Nike Shoes for Individuals with Disabilities!



Added by Nicole Hill on July 20, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Iowa Able Foundation   

The Iowa Able Foundation helps Iowans with disabilities and their families achieve and maintain independence through lending and financial coaching.

Since its inception in 1998, the Iowa Able Foundation has been offering loans to Iowans who need to purchase assistive technology such as specialized computers or software, wheelchairs, communication devices, home modifications, vehicle modifications and other devices. In…


Added by Jane Gay on July 15, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Book Blast!

Want to learn create ways to share stories with your child or the children you teach? ZLS has a division called Book Blast! to help all families help their child reach their reading potential. Videos are added to demonstrate activities and our newest resource sheets can be printed off…


Added by Zachary Stier on July 12, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Which state is requiring cameras in special ed classrooms?


The answer... Texas! 

From Disability Scoop:

In what’s believed to be a first, a new law in Texas will require schools to install cameras upon request in classrooms serving students with disabilities.

The law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month mandates that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in the…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 10, 2015 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Let's Bring Back the American Dream for Iowa's Kids

Every Child Matters in Iowa has an important message for 2016 presidential candidates:

"Every Child Matters in Iowa believes that everyone deserves a shot at the American Dream. Unfortunately, the increasingly unequal opportunities for kids and working families is threatening that dream. 

During this presidential election cycle,…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 10, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

First Lady to Attend Special Olympics

First lady Michelle Obama is headed to Los Angeles next month to cheer on athletes with disabilities at the Special Olympics World Games, organizers say.

Obama will attend the opening ceremony of the games on July 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 10, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

Hearing Aids Made Fun

Who knew wearing a hearing aid could be fun. Learn more about the mom who sells these creative hearing aids, so kids can get excited about wearing a hearing aid.

Cool, right?…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 9, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Creative Eye Patches

Any parent who’s had to patch a young child’s good eye knows how frustrating it can be. A few weeks ago, I saw a Today Show article about a dad who’s using his creative skills to make wearing an eye patch fun for his young daughter. I was immediately intrigued, and I began following his Instagram account. All I think is…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 9, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Summer Reading Games

Reading activities make learning more fun! Here are some ideas from the Iowa Reading Research Center:

Sight Word Hopscotch   More Reading Games

Added by Kathy Specketer on July 8, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Governor's Decisions

On July 2, 2015, the Governor signed 14 bills into law. Included in the bills are the Health/Huma Services Budget (SF 505). The Governor approved:

  • Funding to implement the ABLE Act
  • Increase in HCBS Waiver Provider Rates (.5% increase)
  • Increase in supported employment provider rates (10% increase)
  • Gap funding for two M/DS regions in trouble ($2 million)
  • Elimination of the Medicaid offset (repayment of savings due to Medicaid expansion) for…

Added by Nicole Hill on July 8, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pacer National Transition and Employment website

This website offers innovative tools, reliable research and interactive training to help address the challenges of moving onto employment, college and life in the community.   Check it out!  One of the current feature stories as about assistive technology (AT) > which I of course really like! 

Added by Jane Gay on July 8, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

FIND Staff
Comment Wall Tutorial

Everyone on FIND has a Comment Wall. Comment Walls are excellent for contacting FIND members who are not your friends. On FIND, you have to be friends with someone to private message them. If you wish to reach out to someone who hasn’t accepted your friend request, try leaving them a brief message on their profile. You’ll usually find the Comment Wall at the bottom of a person’s profile. …


Added by FIND Support on July 6, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Young boy with autism attends first birthday party thanks to gracious invitation

Because of his autism, 7-year-old Timothy Rhynold had never attended a birthday party. His mother, Tricia Rhynold, felt it better to keep Timothy away from settings where he would be overstimulated. …


Added by Ashley Gill on July 1, 2015 at 12:31pm — No Comments

BIG NEWS: Telecommunications Access Iowa will now purchase iPad

Telecommunications Access Iowa, TAI, is a program supported by the Iowa Utilities Board. They will now purchase/give an iPad to those individuals who meet the criteria listed below.  The device comes with an OtterBox, a 3 year warranty and Prolouque2Go.  The user is able to use the iPad for additional communication instance beyond the typical replacement of phone access.  This is HUGE!  The user can purchase any additional apps for communication if necessary. 

Below are the 4…


Added by Jane Gay on July 1, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

Stella Young: “I am not your inspiration, thank you very much”

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”

Stella raises some interesting points in her talk. Living – just living – with a disability doesn’t have to be inspiring. Disabled individuals may be…


Added by Nicole Hill on July 1, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

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