Resources

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) & IDEA

Every student who is determined to be eligible for services will have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that creates, funds, and provides guidelines for Special Education across the United States. On this page, we highlight Part B of the Act, which applies to students with disabilities, ages 3-21, who need specialized instruction to meet their educational needs.
Access our IEP & IDEA Resources

Section 504

Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1974 is a national law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination. Any organization receiving federal financial assistance is forbidden from denying an individual’s right to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services. Each school district should have a 504 Procedures Guide or Policy Manual available for families and a staff designated as the 504 Coordinator.
Access our Section 504 Resources

Behavior

When students with disabilities have problem behaviors that interfere with learning, it is important to understand what those behaviors are telling us.  Parents can work with school teams to create a plan for developing a student’s skills so that everyone is on the same page regarding problem behavior. Access our Behavior Resources

Access News Newsletters

Access News is the official ASK Resource Center newsletter. Access our newsletter archive

Health & Healthcare

DID YOU KNOW? Over a third of U.S. adults—77 million people—have difficulty with common health tasks, such as following directions on a prescription drug label or adhering to a childhood immunization schedule using a standard chart. Access our Health Resources

Advocacy

A parent can be a child’s best advocate, although everyone has the ability to become a strong advocate. To become an effective advocate, you must spend time preparing and learning important advocacy skills. Access our Advocacy Resources

Conflict Resolution

If you, as a parent, disagree with a decision your child’s IEP team has reached there are a number of options.  Conflict doesn’t have to be negative.  When a team can talk through their differing viewpoints the conversations can result in a richer understanding or out of the box solution that no single member would have come to on their own. Access our Conflict Resolution Resources

Bullying

Bullying today does not just happen at school – it’s happening at extracurricular activities, church youth groups, in our neighborhoods, and it’s even in our homes by way of cyber bullying. In order for real change to be accomplished, students, parents, educators, coaches, church leaders, community leaders, and legislators must all stand together and “Walk the Talk” against bullying! Access our Walk the Talk Iowa site

Child Find Process

Produced as a collaborative project among Iowa’s AEA Directors of Special Education, the ASK Resource Center, and Disability Rights Iowa, this series of four brief videos clarify some of the more frequently encountered misunderstandings  about the state’s child find, evaluation, and eligibility determination procedures. Access Child Find Resources

FINDfamilies.org

Social Networking is a great way to connect with others who share similar life experiences. We offer a free social networking tool for parents, professionals, and individuals with disabilities to use as a resource to connect with each other, called FIND. Access FINDFamilies.org and start connecting

Find Your AEA

We’re here to help you find your local Parent Educator contacts. Access our AEA Resources

Keeping You Informed

Keeping You Informed is the official ASK Resource Center e-newsletter. Access our E-News Archive

Summer Camp List

Each year, we put out a summer camp list of the various camps across the state accessible for children with disabilities. Access our Summer Camp List

Webinars

Our annual webinar series features guest speakers presenting on various topics. Access our Webinar Archive

Weblinks

Links to helpful disability resources and information from our partners across the web. Access Weblinks