I have been the State Coordinator for the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa for over ten years. Before that I taught elementary and middle school special education.
LDA-IA is a state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, a nonprofit organization that provides information, resources and support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.
In my role at LDA-IA I'm involved with all aspects and…Continue
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The Sparkle Effect is a cheerleading squad that includes cheerleaders with and without disabilities. You RAH-RAH Rock sparkle cheerleaders!!
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As a Family Support Coordinator at ASK Resource Center, I have a unique opportunity to help families to learn about the options available to them and navigate the support services available to kids with special needs through the school systems. I try to help brainstorm, problem-solve and advocate for high expectations for all students.
I have been able to provide input into a few state-wide councils including past involvement in the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation…Continue
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Yes, in fact, there is. It may be referred to in several different ways – early intervention services, IDEA Part C, early childhood special education, or, here in Iowa, Early ACCESS. It is a program design to help families with little ones from birth to age three who have disabilities or developmental delays by providing them with services and supports for growth, learning, and development.
You may know that the IDEA (Individuals with…Continue
Added by Connie B. Fanselow on November 27, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
Fifty years ago today, a harrowing event pained our nation. Do you remember where you were on Friday, November 22, 1963, at precisely 12:30 pm? I wasn't born yet, and my mother was only one year old. It's a date that has been embedded into our history books. It's even the title of a Stephen King novel. It's a…Continue
Added by Nicole Hill on November 22, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Congratulations to Linda Brundies for winning our Halloween Spooktacular Contest!
FIND Support will be sending you a $25 Amazon Gift Card accompanied with other treats. You will soon receive a message from FIND Support on how to claim your prize.
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My daughter has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, which is a disability that impacts her vision. She has been receiving educational services since she was three years old. At that time, I don’t recall the phrase “early childhood” being used. She was in preschool and because of her limited vision she was “eligible” for special education services which included braille and mobility instruction. She has been receiving services throughout her education to help provide…Continue
Added by Monica Rouse on November 18, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in the following domains:
Added by Monica Rouse on November 10, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I doubt any one would disagree that all children need and deserve a good start on their educational journey. In my early years, there was no such thing as starting school before Kindergarten. I remember that first year of school in bits and pieces. I also remember this being the start of my formal education. Any education done prior to Kindergarten was done at home. No early childhood educational programs existed. That was over 40 years ago. So much was different back then, including the…Continue
Added by Monica Rouse on November 3, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Here’s a novel idea – ask kids who have experienced bullying what strategies they have found useful in addressing the problem - and what doesn’t work.
The Youth Voice Project is a research study conducted with over 13,000 students in 31 school districts around the U.S. during 2009 and 2010. The results of the study are being published this month and here are some of the highlights.
Most effective strategies for youth who have been mistreated:
Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 11:05pm — No Comments
In the area of disabilities, we have long worked to make sure that people are not labeled by their conditions or diagnoses and are acknowledged as the complex people that they are – abilities, disabilities, talents, interests – the whole package.
We still often hear children labeled as “bullies” or “victims” and perhaps it’s time to think about moving beyond those labels as well. Some children are bullied. Some children bully others. Sometimes the same child experiences both…Continue
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All students deserve to be safe and free from harassment at school, but research shows that children with disabilities are often more likely to be bullied than many of their peers. It is important for parents to be aware that school districts have specific responsibilities under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) when it comes to bullying that involves IDEA-eligible students. This is just one more tool that can be useful in protecting students from bullying…Continue
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