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October 2014 Blog Posts (21)

Evaluation 101

You’ve just had your child’s first Parent-Teacher Conference of the year. You’ve noticed your child is struggling in a subject or subjects, and you think more needs to be done, but you’re not sure which steps need to be taken next. You are not alone.  As second semester approaches, many parents are having the same thoughts.  

What should you do?

Talk to your child’s teacher about additional supports he or she is receiving. Many…


Added by Mari Reynolds on October 29, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Halloween - Need Ideas? Pinterest Tips for Kids with Disabilities

Hi everyone!  I came across a page of Halloween tips and ideas for kids with disabilities and special health needs.  Thought I'd share in hopes we will see some great Halloween pictures of our kids in costume ... Anyone up for the challenge?? Share pictures of your kids' Halloween parties with us.…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on October 29, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Last Employment Blog (for this year anyway)

So, if you have followed along this month  and “drank the Kool-Aid”, you know that employment for your child is not only possible but desirable; that planning for employment starts early; that the IEP will including planning for transitioning to employment; that there is information about assistive technology; that there is information about how work affects benefits; and that youth jobs are a “good thing”.  To end the month, I would like share the Punch-in…


Added by Jane Gay on October 29, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments


Nationally Renowned Parent Attorney Pete Wright, Esq. is coming to Iowa!  We only get this opportunity about once every 5 years.  Hotel rooms are cheap, 4 books come with the training and lunch will be served.  There are also foster parent and social worker CEU's, attorney CLE's and Graduate Credit available.  You can register by going to the home page of ASK at, using this link …


Added by Karen Thompson on October 28, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

RESPECT Training is OPEN

All IEP team members can benefit from training in communication that results in a more effective IEP/504/IFSP or other individual service plan meeting. Recognizing Everyones' Strengths through Peacebuilding, Empathy, Communication, and Trustbuilding (RESPECT) is a four day training that is focused on building skills in deep listening, connecting with team members, and communicating in a way that benefits the services provided to the student.

Instruction is a combination of several…


Added by Monica Rouse on October 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

On-line training and tools for AT in college or work

Minnesota Star Program’s New School and Work AT Program
Tools for Your Future: Using Assistive Technology to Succeed at School and Work, is Minnesota’s latest program, which incorporated e-learning modules to create awareness of AT, its use to support higher education/employment goals, and to foster advocacy skills of AT users in higher ed/employment settings.  To learn more, visit www.MN.Gov/Tools-For-Your-Future

Added by Jane Gay on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Summer jobs, part-time jobs, internships, volunteer positions and teens with disabilities?

What do all these have in common? Well, currently maybe not much. Many teens with disabilities do not get the benefits of the other four.  Can you remember the first jobs you had and all you learned from them???  When teens do experience summer jobs, part-time jobs, internships or volunteer positions >> they are more likely to be gainfully employed as adults.   These opportunities allow them to explore jobs or careers, learn those “all important soft skills” (like show up on time every…


Added by Jane Gay on October 22, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder requires attention

 In 2008, 1 in every 88 children, age 8, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). That statistic jumped to 1 in every 68 in the 2012 statistics reported by the Center for Disease and Control (CDC).  In addition, for each girl diagnosed with ASD four boys are diagnosed. Caucasian children are diagnosed at a higher rate than non-Hispanic and Black subgroups, and of those diagnosed children, age 8, reported by the CDC, 53% have an IQ below the average range. Now I am not necessarily a…


Added by Monica Rouse on October 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Real IOWAN success stories

Iowa now has several success stories of people with disabilities who are employed and earning wages or who are self-employed as small business owners. Follow the links below to view their stories:

Added by Jane Gay on October 16, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Work is Good!

Work is Good!

Many children are not encouraged to seek employment because there is a fear about losing benefits.   Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) WIPA projects are community-based organizations that work to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work, and to support working beneficiaries to make a successful transition to financial independence. In Iowa, contact Sheila Stoeckel, Benefits Specialist at…


Added by Jane Gay on October 15, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

FIND Staff
Introducing the "Trick or Treat Your Feet" Basket Giveaway!

Did you know that kids with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers?

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so we are spreading awareness across the state via social media. On Facebook, Walk the Talk Iowa is asking users to post a photo of their shoes and add the…


Added by FIND Support on October 10, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

FIND Staff
How to Change Your Profile Picture

Your profile picture represents who you are on FIND. This is a picture that makes "you" to life. You don't have to upload a photo of you - you can upload a picture of your child, your pet, your favorite stuffed animal, etc. Upload a profile picture that best represents who you are! Here's how:…


Added by FIND Support on October 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Real time captioning on your glasses


I know I just posted yesterday, but this was just too exciting to hold onto for another day!  Just imagine the possibilities!

Google Glass can now add closed captions to real life

 From October 7, 2014 —Fox News

Google Glass has yet to break into the mainstream thanks to a…


Added by Jane Gay on October 9, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments


Transitions; that word can cover a wide range of meanings.  Depending on the age of your child and the "transition" they are going through.  My son is 19 and in his first year of college, he was diagnosed in 2nd grade.  We've been through them all!!  I know how stressful and difficult each transition can be.  I've also learned a lot and would love to help each and every one of you through those difficult transitions.…


Added by Trinette Winn on October 8, 2014 at 12:06pm — No Comments


Building on October is Employment Month >>>  you really should check out the Job Accommodations Network or JAN.

As you talk with your child about their job dreams and goals, JAN can help by telling you about accommodations by job, disability or product/service.  Knowing possible accommodations can increase your child’s employment options> what they can do WITH accommodations or assistive…


Added by Jane Gay on October 8, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Just in time info >> winter coats will never be the same

Forget Fire, forget the wheel...

The greatest invention EVER... MAGZIP

Okay enough hype >>  MAGZIP is a one-handed zipper. 

 You can see how a MAGZIP really works at…


Added by Jane Gay on October 5, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Parents As Presenters

I debated on posting this as a comment to Paula's blog or making a new blog.  I want this to reach as many people as possible, so I decided to make it a new blog in hopes of reaching the whole FIND community!

I attended Parents as Presenters in 2006 (yes, 2006, back when I used an overhead projector and transparencies instead of powerpoint!!)  I was scared & shy but determined.  I started developing and telling my…


Added by Trinette Winn on October 3, 2014 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

FIND Staff
How to Search FINDMembers

How to Search on FIND Members

Tutorial by Nicole Hill

FIND’s core function is the ability to connect families through social networking. We wanted individuals to be able to search for others in the disability community who have similar backgrounds and interests, and FIND provides this function. Learn how to search members using FIND’s Advanced Search feature in this tutorial. …


Added by FIND Support on October 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

My Child Was Bullied and This is Our Story...

October is National Bullying Prevention Month which means, as parents, it’s time to focus on this very REAL problem, spread awareness of the problem, become informed on what to do, begin conversations with our children, and share our experiences/stories.  

Unfortunately, bullying has, or WILL, hit most homes in America at one time or another.  According to, this year 13 million kids will be bullied – making it the most common form of violence for…


Added by Pam Meeker on October 1, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!!

Help us to acknowledge and celebrate those in our workforce who have disabilities!  PLEASE post pictures, success stories or resources you have related to people with disabilities and…


Added by Lori Moore on October 1, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

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