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Pacer Center: Champions for Children with Disabilities

Though we like to focus on Assistive Technology resources in Iowa, we also like to recognize possible resources in our neighboring states. The Pacer Center in Minnesota provides workshops, webinars, and other online resources that Iowan’s can access. Their website archives webinars that may answer questions parents or guardians of children with disabilities have regarding behaviors, rights in school systems, assistive technology and so much more. Visit their website at …


Added by Maggie Cox on November 21, 2017 at 8:18am — No Comments

Tracy Keninger

Tracy Keninger is the director of the Rural Solutions Program and Assistive Technology Center. She has been working at Easter Seals Iowa for over 20 years now, where she began as a Direct Support Professional. 

Tracy desired to share a message with the FIND community, "My first introduction to assistive technology (AT) was when I was growing up on the farm. My father was a farmer and Veteran with a disability, so we were constantly experimenting with different tools and adapting them…


Added by Kim Karwal on November 15, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments

Craig Mayes

Craig Mayes has worked for Easter Seals Iowa for 22 years. He works in the Assistive Technology Center with the Equipment Loan Program and also with the Maintenance Department at Camp Sunnyside. 

The Equipment Loan Program is a statewide program.  Easter Seals Iowa accepts donations of equipment. This equipment is then refurbished, repaired, and sanitized to be loaned back out to Iowans in need  for a one-time fee. Items can be borrowed, with the approval of a healthcare provider, for…


Added by Kim Karwal on November 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Melissa Culbertson Introduction

Hello everyone. My name is Melissa Culbertson. I work with the Assistive Technology Center at Easter Seals Iowa. I joined Easter Seals this past May. I have learned so much during my time here and continue to learn something new every day. When I’m not at work, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family and pets.

My favorite part of my position is seeing the excitement expressed by clients when discovering a device that will make their lives easier. I enjoy sharing…


Added by Melissa Culbertson on November 1, 2017 at 11:24am — No Comments

Kim Karwal Introduction

Thank you, FIND readers, for breaking from your busy life to virtually met me!

My name is Kim Karwal and I am a Rural Solutions and Assistive Technology Center Coordinator at Easter Seals Iowa. I have worked for Easter Seals Iowa for five years now and have enjoyed every moment! I have a unique opportunity within my career to travel the state to support farm family members with disabilities and provide assistive technology support for children and adults with disabilities and/or…


Added by Kim Karwal on October 25, 2017 at 7:59am — No Comments

Hello, Find Readers!

Hello, Find Readers! My name is Maggie Cox and I am an Assistive Technology Support Professional at Easter Seals Iowa. I am new to the AT team but bring with me a background in Education, both Early Childhood and Special Education.

Transitions are such a critical point that can determine whether an individual experiences success or encounters difficulty or failure. This is especially true for youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood. Having a solid team in place to assist…


Added by Maggie Cox on October 18, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program is excited to connect with the members of the FIND blog! We would like to start this adventure by taking a little time to explain our services and resources and then in the following weeks provide a more details introduction to our team members.

The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program has several services to support Iowans with disabilities in trialing and obtaining Assistive Technology.

Demonstration Center : The…


Added by Kim Karwal on October 11, 2017 at 8:29am — No Comments

so long, farewell....

So long, farewell
Auf Weidersehen, goodbye
I leave and heave
A sigh and say goodbye... Sound of Music
This will be my last FIND Blog post. I am retiring today after 28 years with the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology.  I have had the pleasure of meeting many great people across Iowa and the country. I leave IPAT and this BLOG in the capable…

Added by Jane Gay on October 4, 2017 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

October is Disability Employment Month

AT for employment    AT for job exploration

As your child begins to plan for transition to adult life, employment in the community should be a priority.  In fact, top of your mind starting even now to plan for success.  Job exploration is part of the transition process. Success in adult employment is strongly supported by and linked to after school work, summer jobs, and volunteer work. 

 It might be helpful to expand the jobs your child might do, explore or consider by going…


Added by Jane Gay on September 27, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

AT devices and transition planning

 The key word being "transition", moving toward adult life skills, settings and responsibilties.  During your child's transition years, PLAN for success >> think about what assistive technology he or she needs to try out and learn how to use in order to be as independent and SUCCESSFUL as possible in their adult life .

  • Activities of daily: bathing, dressing, voiding, eating, cooking, cleaning
  • Recreation, sports and health
  • Transportation: driving, public…

Added by Jane Gay on September 20, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sept 30 Train to Inspire Fully accessible Obstacle Course

For kids and adults, come try out the Train to Inspire Obstacle Course.

IF you can, volunteer to help! Find out more by going to this link: Train%20to%20Inspire%20Obstacle%20Course%20flier%2007%2026%2017.pdf


Added by Jane Gay on September 11, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments



August 29, 2017

The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your… Continue

Added by Jane Gay on August 29, 2017 at 1:34pm — No Comments

HOW TO video series from NCHPAD

The National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disabilities (NCHPAD) has a series of on-line video you might find interesting:

  • Choose a wheelchair
  • Hop a curb
  • Pop a wheelie
  • Ride an escalator
  • and more....

Meet Mary Allison Cook. She is a wife, professional, and 8 time member of the US Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team.  With 23 years of experience as a wheelchair user, Mary Allison will answer all of your questions and more…


Added by Jane Gay on August 24, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

OrbiTouch -a different keyboard

The OrbiTouch is new key board that you might think about if a regular keyboard doesn't work.

The 2 domes are moved to type a…


Added by Jane Gay on August 4, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

A voice of thier own

Many have watched and enjoyed the TV show this year "Speechless". 

If so, you might also be interested in the progress being made with digital speech.

Added by Jane Gay on July 27, 2017 at 12:36pm — No Comments

What Do Youth Workers Have to Know about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)?

PYD Network Webinar/Meeting

 What Do Youth Workers Have to Know about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)?…


Added by Jane Gay on July 25, 2017 at 9:24am — No Comments

Northeast Elementary in Ankeny is a "National Blue Ribbon" School

How would you like to live just half a block from a “National Blue Ribbon” School?    According to the Des Moines Register, Northeast Elementary in Ankeny received this award for raising achievement among students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP)’s.    In Iowa, on average, 32.31 percent of students with IEPs are proficient in reading and math, but at Northeast, 75.86 percent were proficient when they were awarded this honor.

Northeast Elementary has also…


Added by Traci Kuehl on July 14, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Used assistive technology devices - buy or sell

The Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange Program, formerly known as the Used Equipment Referral Service, is a  free on-line listing of used devices that people are selling and looking…


Added by Jane Gay on June 26, 2017 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Summer Camp responsibilities under ADA

Article from NE ADA center

With summer upon us, camp season is about to begin. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) along with U.S. Attorney's offices nationwide, issued a notice reinforcing the importance of inclusion when it comes to summer camps (link here:…


Added by Jane Gay on June 7, 2017 at 8:48am — No Comments

Project Search in Waterloo on Channel 7 The Steele Report

Catch a few minutes of Ron Steele’s “The Steele Report” on Sunday morning and he was interviewing two individuals from Waterloo involved with Project SEARCH to the Waterloo area. Cool that he was showcasing their work in providing training and creating meaningful work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.  You can still watch the segment from the website.   …


Added by Jane Gay on June 5, 2017 at 12:45pm — No Comments

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