ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center is a parent training, information, and advocacy center for families of children with special needs across the state of Iowa. Their mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and their family members. They help support and prepare families for IEP and 504 meetings with the school district.
Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA) work as partners with public and accredited, non-public schools to help students, school staff, parents and communities meet educational challenges. Each Iowa school district receives services from one of Iowa’s nine Area Education Agencies. To find the Area Education Agency that serves your school district, visit the Iowa Department of Education website.
Iowa AEA Online is a virtual library that provides no-cost access to 14 high-quality, web-based resources for accredited public and non-public PreK-12 schools. Students and staff have access at school and at home. Iowa AEA Online is funded and supported by Iowa’s Area Education Agencies.
The Parent-Educator Connection (PEC) works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities.
The Iowa Department of Education website
- explains the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Subpart D of the Regulations for the Rehabilitation Act and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act).
- explains the Foundations of the IEP (Individualized Education Plan), the IEP Team, Initial IEPs, IEP Review meetings, Reevaluations, Amending the IEP, IEP Requirements, Trial Out, Secondary Transition, Least Restrictive Environment, Goals, Prior Written Notice, Extended School Year Services (ESY) and so much more. Their website includes both regulatory and best practice information about various topics surrounding the development of effective quality IEPs that are compliant with IDEA.
- explains the Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) and what it should include. It also explains where the IHP is documented on the IEP.
- has a memorandum explaining the process schools need to follow for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individualized Healthcare Plans (IHP).
- explains the role of the school nurse, provides information on student health conditions, student health requirements for school and the school nurse administrative resources.
- has the Section 504 Parent Guide describing the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for each public school district to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. This guide is designed to assist parents to better understand Section 504.
The Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Conditions in Iowa Schools manual covers the four most chronic conditions in schools, which includes Seizures/Epilepsy. This document covers Federal Laws, Iowa Laws, School District Policies, Student Specific Plans, Barriers, Recommendations, as well as specifics for Seizures/Epilepsy.
The Medication Management in Iowa Schools manual lists resources to support the health and safety of students in staff in schools.
The Seizure Training for School Personnel program provides the need for a consistent educational tool to help promote a positive social and educational environment for students living with seizures and epilepsy. This is a 1 hour program, which can be taken online or on site by calling EF Iowa staff. A listing of seizure education programs for schools is available here.
Managing Students with Seizures is a training program designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by supporting positive treatment outcomes, maximizing educational and developmental opportunities, and ensuring a safe and supportive environment. The Managing Students with Seizures: A Training for School Nurses program is divided into three modules to assist the school nurse in learning to effectively manage seizures in a school environment.
Below are printable forms that will prove useful in various capacities.