Through various projects, ASK Resource Center is able to provide Access, Empowerment, and Acceptance for all whom we serve. Various grants fund these projects. Click the project names to learn even more about each project and its funders, and browse a wide variety of relevant resources.
Parent Training & Information (PTI): ASK serves as the state of Iowa’s Parent Training & Information Center. The goal of PTI is to help parents, families, and students with disabilities understand their civil rights regarding early intervention services and special education supports so that they can be strong self-advocates in the most effective ways.
Family to Family Health Information (F2F): ASK serves as the state of Iowa’s Family to Family Health Information Center. F2F provides a central source for families of children and young adults with special health care needs and disabilities to obtain supports, advocacy, and information. F2F works to enhance access to quality health care and community services.
Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI): ASK was awarded a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health to collaborate with EHDI and the Iowa Newborn Screening program to support Iowa families impacted by deafness or hearing loss. One priority is to build a statewide network of trained Deaf Mentors. The national EHDI Parent to Parent Committee developed the Parent’s Guide to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Early Intervention Recommendations to help parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing understand what to expect in Early Intervention.
Dispute Resolution: Families of children with disabilities often need to come to the table with professionals to address planning for their children’s needs. Sometimes there is conflict. Conflict is a natural part of any relationship and can serve to better communication when addressed properly. We focus on building and maintaining solid foundations for relationships, and on providing options to support conflict resolution at the earliest stages possible.
Transition: Planning for the future and setting high expectations for youth with disabilities can be challenging for families. Adult services and supports often look very different than what is available during the school years. The Transition project is designed to help families understand the importance of setting high expectations and to give them the knowledge and skills they need to achieve positive outcomes for their kids in regard to living, learning, and working after high school.
Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities (FIND): FIND is an online social network with a mission to connect and empower families across the state of Iowa in an online world. Create a free account on FIND at www.findfamilies.org.
Walk the Talk Iowa: Walk the Talk Iowa provides bullying prevention training to parents, youth, and professionals across the state of Iowa. Walk the Talk is almost entirely funded with private donations and an annual RUN WALK ROLL event. The project is online at www.walkthetalkiowa.org; there you can request a training in your area, access various bullying resources, plus view photos from past events.
Together We Can Conference: The Together We Can Conference is an annual statewide conference which brings families and professionals from across the state of Iowa together for a full day of learning and networking with families, providers, advocates, and more.