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Posted 7/27/2012

Keeping you informed...


At ASK Resource Center, we feel it's important to keep parents and professionals informed!  As we receive information that we think will also be pertinent to many of you, we will be passing it along in this brief email.   


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This issue of "Keeping you informed..." includes:

  • Job Posting - Safe School Certification Program Specialist
  • 2012 LDA-IA Conference October 21-22, 2012
  • KIDS COUNT Report Finds More Children Raised by Relatives & Family Friends
  • Study: 'Daily Report Cards' Improve Behavior of Students with ADHD
  • U.S. Dept. of Education Releases Seclusion and Restraint Document
  • 2012 State Medicaid Rankings
  • Future Horizon's Omaha, NE Autism & Ausperger's Syndrome Conference
  • Dept. of Education August Newsletter - Each and Every Child




Safe School Certification Program Specialist

Job Posting

Our partners at the Safe School Certification Program, have a current job posting for a Safe School Certification Program Specialist.   For complete details and to view the job posting, go to:




2012 LDA-IA Conference October 21-22

The 41st annual Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa, LDA-IA, Conference will be held October 21-22 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.  For complete details regarding the conference, go to:





KIDS COUNT Report Finds More Children Raised by Relatives & Family Friends 

A new KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that in the past decade there has been an 18% increase in children living with relatives or close family friends, because their parents can no longer care for them. The report, Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families (2012), includes the latest data on kinship care for states, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families.  To view the report, click below.


Stepping Up for Kids: What Government & Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families



Study: 'Daily Report Cards' Improve Behavior of Students with ADHD 

According to Education Weekly (On Special Education), a recent study showed that students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder demonstrate better behavior when they receive "daily report cards" of their behavioral goals. Researchers found that students who received daily reports broke fewer classroom rules and were more productive than students who did not receive the reports. Under the daily report model, parents are more involved and teachers provide greater feedback.  To read the article in its entirety, go to






U.S. Dept. of Education Releases Seclusion & Restraint Document 

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Education released a new restraint and seclusion resource document.  The publication outlines principles for educators, parents and other stakeholders to consider when developing or refining policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion. The resource is applicable to all students, not just those with disabilities. To read the complete document, go to:




2012 State Medicaid Rankings 

Arizona offers the best Medicaid services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while Mississippi provides the worst, according to United Cerebral Palsy's 2012 report, "The Case for Inclusion".  The state of Iowa ranks 43rd.  To read all about it, click below:


 The Case for Inclusion


Furure Horizon's Autism/Sensory Conference

Omaha, NE  August 17th

The Autism & Ausperger Syndrome Conference will be featuring three nationally-renowned speakers, including Dr. Temple Grandin, the noted scientist who has autism and the author of The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's; Dr. Jim Ball, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and president/CEO of JB Autism Consulting with over 20 years of experience in the autism field, and the author of Early Intervention & Autism; and Beth Aune, a pediatric OTR/L who specializes in dynamic interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities and the co-author of Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusion Classroom.


Throughout the conference there will be an extensive resources/book table available, as well as excellent networking opportunities with other local parents/caregivers, therapists, counselors, special ed teachers, psychologists, etc., within the various ASD/SID related communities.  (Outside exhibitor tables will be available via advance reservation for those interested.)  For complete details and to register, go to:


Nebraska Autism & Asperger's Syndrome Conference




Department of Education August Newsletter

Each and Every Child

Welcome to another issue of Each and Every Child!  To view the August Newsletter, or any of the previous newsletters click below.



Dept. of Ed. Newsletter - Each and Every Child




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