Susan Myers, Executive Director Kathy Specketer, Learning Disabilities Coordinator
Ruo Qi Wright, Grant & Office Mgr.
Amanda Harris, Administrative Assistant
Paula Connolly, Family Support Coordinator
Mari Reynolds, Family Support Coordinator
Susan Gill, Transition Training Coordinator
Gretchen Woods, Transition Training Coordinator
ASK Resource Center
All Iowans with special needs will have access
to the support and services they require
Access for All
ASK provides opportunities for collaboration
and coordination among visionary organizations
and projects dedicated to Excellence
ARE YOU THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY?
Looking for information on educational rights? . . . JUST ASK!
Looking for IDEA training resources? . . . JUST ASK!
Looking for parent-to-parent advice and support? . . . JUST ASK!
Looking for information on transition to adult services? . . . JUST ASK!
Looking for help in resolving educational conflicts? . . . JUST ASK!
Looking for legal consultation? . . . JUST ASK!
Needing a referral for. . . JUST ASK!
Looking for resources to care for your child at home?. . JUST ASK!
Looking for information on mental health issues? . . . JUST ASK!
ARE YOU THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY ?
ASK RESOURCE CENTER
Parent Information and Training Center
Learning Disability Association of Iowa
Latino Institute for Education (LIFE)
Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities
Engaging Communities~ Improving Outcomes
Planning for Success: Iowa Secondary Transition
The Parent Training and Information Center of Iowa
Provides information and training to families
Focuses on under-served families
THE PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION CENTER OF IOWA
Assists parents to better understand their child’s disability
Provides information and training on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other disability rights
Promotes the development of skills to enable parents to effectively participate in the IEP process and in school reform activities
Provides family support information
Assists in the development of IEPs
Provides one-on-one parent and family support
Offers workshops, training, and technical assistance throughout the State of Iowa
For the year ending September 30, 2008, the Parent Training and Information Center of Iowa reported the following :
3,398 phone calls and letters from families were received by
PTI Iowa Family Support Coordinators
778 of the phone calls and letters resulted in intakes and one-on-one problem-solving assistance
PTI Iowa staff attended 70 IEP meetings with families
12,801 contacts were made to the PTI Iowa by parents and professionals, through telephone calls, one-to-one consultation or support, trainings, meetings, and letters
39 presentations and workshops were given by PTI Iowa staff
3,415 PTI Press newsletters were published and distributed to families and professionals
About 517 of those served by PTI were from culturally diverse families
A follow-up telephone survey of parents served by PTI Iowa found:
96% of the parents said the individual assistance they received from PTI Iowa was helpful.
92% of the families stated PTI provided me with the information needed to make decisions about my child’s education.
87% of the parents stated my child has received more appropriate services because they had put the use the information they have learned from PTI.
96% of the families stated that because of the information they received from PTI they were more knowledgeable about how to work with schools.
88% of the parents stated that the information provided to them by the PTI helped address a critical need related to their child’s education.
THE LEARNING DISABILITIES
ASSOCIATION OF IOWA
A voluntary, non-profit organization of parents, professionals and other interested persons formed to advance the cause of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities.
An affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
LDA-I’s GOALS ARE TO:
encourage an understanding of learning disabled children, youth and adults-that they possess great potential to learn, but have unique and individual learning styles
provide information about learning disabilities to parents, teachers, administrators and other interested individuals
encourage further development of available and appropriate educational programs for all LD students
encourage development of comprehensive college and university programs for teacher education in learning disabilities
promote vocational and career education
develop local affiliate chapters throughout the state to provide support and assistance to LD students and their parents
serve as an advocate for the rights of LD children, youth and adults
Empowering families through networking The Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities grant has been developed to create a database and directory accessible exclusively to families. Families will be able to FIND other families who share similar experiences and interests, and access information to expand their knowledge and leadership abilities.
F.I.N.D. The Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities
The purpose of our grant is to create a sustainable database and directory for families
Families will be able to FIND other families who share similar experiences and interests
Families will be able to access information and to expand their knowledge about their child’s disability or a related interest
Families will have access to workshops
and trainings to acquire skills to become
effective advocates and to enhance
their qualities as leaders in the disability
Become part of our growing network of family-to-family mentors
Fill out a Parent Information Form
Join us in our goal to build a statewide network of families supporting each other
Call ASK to speak to a FIND
Representative for additional
Latino Institute for Education (LIFE)
Assisting and advocating for Latino families in navigating the educational systems in the U.S. and Mexico, including ESL issues and issues affecting students in migrant families. Helping to encourage and support community involvement, stronger family unions, and constructive cultural exchange.
ENGAGING COMMUNITIES~ IMPROVING OUTCOMES Get Connected Stay Connected Encouraging parent engagement in the educational process to improve academic success
Trainings for parents about:
Special Education (IEPs)
Disproportionality related to special education:
Discipline (suspension and expulsion)
Identification and Placement
Planning for Success: Iowa Secondary Transition Project The purpose of the Secondary Transition Project is to: 1.) build a collaborative relationship between the DE and community agencies that provide adult services to student’s with disabilities in the areas of living, learning and working and 2.) deliver quality profession development to the people who provide direct services, including parents who provide support to students with disabilities.