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 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 Section 504 Resources

Child Find Process for Evaluation

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


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 Behavior Resources

Access News Newsletters

Access News is the official ASK Resource Center newsletter printed on a quarterly basis. Access the Newsletter Archive

Keeping You Informed

Keeping You Informed (KYI) is the official ASK Resource Center e-newsletter. Access the KYI Archive

Webinar Series

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

Health & Healthcare

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 Health Resources


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 skillsAccess 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 Conflict Resolution Resources


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 cyberbullying. 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 the Walk the Talk Iowa site

Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities (FIND)

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 FINDStart connecting on

Find Your Area Education Agency (AEA)

We’re here to help you find your local Family Educator Partner (FEP) contacts. Access AEA Resources

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

Links & Online Resources

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