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50 Years Later, We Remember

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…


Added by Nicole Hill on November 22, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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Halloween Contest Winner

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. 

Added by FIND Support on November 19, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why Early Childhood Education?

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…


Added by Monica Rouse on November 18, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Head Start Preschool...Read About It!

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:

  • language and literacy;
  • cognition and general knowledge;
  • physical development and health;
  • social and emotional development; and
  • approaches to…

Added by Monica Rouse on November 10, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

A Good Start for All Kids (School Readiness)

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…


Added by Monica Rouse on November 3, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Bullying Solutions: What Kids Say Works for Them

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:

  • Telling…

Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Label the Behavior, Not the Kid

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…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 11:01pm — No Comments

A Dozen DOs and DON’Ts for Bullying in Schools

  1. Learn to recognize the difference between bullying and isolated bad behavior that is rude, mean, or inconsiderate.
  2. Stay connected to your kids daily lives so they will be more willing to share any negative experiences, including bullying with you.
  3. Make time to keep that connection active.  You may not get a second chance if you are too busy to listen when your child is ready to talk.
  4. Actively let your child know he or she is loved, valued, worthy, and…

Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Bullying, the IDEA, and FAPE

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…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Are We Teaching Our Kids to be Mean?

TV and movie violence.  Outrageously bad celebrity behavior as entertainment.  Political campaign ads.  Road rage.  It seems that unkind, hostile, and aggressive behavior is becoming not just more acceptable, but popular.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think so.  We talk – and blog and text and tweet – about a lack of civility in politics and public discourse.  The TV and movie comedies we watch at are often base on insult humor – on putting down someone for a laugh.  As a society we seem…


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on October 31, 2013 at 10:48pm — No Comments



Added by Linda Brundies on October 31, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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How to Live Chat with Us

Live chats are a great way to meet and interact in real time with others on the network. This tutorial will describe how you can the live chat, and how to use the chat feature.

When the chat is enabled, you will see the "Chat" button in the navigation bar. Click on the "Chat" button.…


Added by FIND Support on October 25, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

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Photo Contest Rules

FIND Photo Contest Rules

FIND Photo Contest Rules

These rules apply to all FIND-sponsored Photo Contests

Note: All FIND contests are organized…


Added by FIND Support on October 24, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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How to Create a Blog (and add a Picture)

How to Create a Blog with Pictures

Blogs are a great tools people all over the Internet use to communicate with each other.

What is a blog? It functions somewhat like a public journal. You can blog about virtually anything. Here are just a few examples:

  • Your family vacation story. 
  • Tips and tools you've learned. 
  • Your expertise and knowledge.
  • Your favorite assistive…

Added by FIND Support on October 18, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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RESPECT Trainings

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The Iowa Department of Education & ASK Resource Center are partnering to bring FREE Dispute Resolution Training (R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Training) to 4 locations across the state!   …


Added by FIND Support on October 17, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Web Site Cautions

As a research-minded person, I am on the computer for several hours a day several days a week.  In my recent efforts to locate information about websites that are dangerous for adolescents and teenagers, I found a few that parents must be aware of in order to monitor the activity of their child(ren) on-line. These websites promote behavior that is not healthy for adults, let alone children, and promote unhealthy life habits.…


Added by Monica Rouse on October 15, 2013 at 3:45pm — No Comments

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Welcome to FIND. Join the Conversation!

This site has been designed to give families of children and youth with disabilities a new way to make important connections – anytime, anywhere.  The FIND team hopes you will use this virtual social gathering place to:

  • FIND and connect with other parents with similar issues, interests, and experiences
  • FIND, create, and join groups of interest
  • FIND information about issues, events, and trainings
  • FIND family resources across the state
  • FIND a…

Added by FIND Support on October 15, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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Conflict Resolution

It was about the last thing Linda Biermann wanted to do: raise conflict. Sometimes it is easier to live by the adage: “Go along to get along.”

But Linda, who lives amid the rolling hills near northeast Iowa’s Tripoli (pronounced Trip-Oh-La), knew her problem wasn’t going to go away unless she…


Added by FIND Support on September 12, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Support the Target, YES! But the Bully?

It takes courage to report a bully incident. It takes patience and persistence to investigate and then provide action which includes support of both the target and the bully. It takes a commitment to do what is right for all parties involved in any bully situation. Link to the latest blog in the series on bullying at



Added by Monica Rouse on June 14, 2013 at 8:59pm — No Comments

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