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View ASK fall teleconference offerings

Posted 8/20/2012

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Our Fall Teleconference Schedule Includes:


Writing Strategies for Kids

with Significant Needs

A Series of Trainings on Transition

  • High Expectation
  • Road to Discovery
  • Exploring & Preparing for Work as an Adult
  • Taking the Next Step


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Writing Strategies for Children with Significant Needs


Tuesday, August 28th

7:00-8:30 p.m.


This teleconference training will describe a variety of strategies to promote writing for a purpose among children with more significant disabilities. Topics to be discussed will include: presuming competence, writing for a purpose in natural settings within the home, access issues and an opportunity for Q & A.  


This course is presented by Susie Lund. Susie, MAE Special Education, is a new instructional coach for special education teachers in the Waterloo Public Schools. In her former position as the family coordinator for the Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language and Learning, Susie assisted directly with professional development for teachers at each of the Center's Literacy and Communication Project sites. Additionally, she met with the families of the students involved in Center projects to help them learn the communication and literacy strategies being used at school for use at home.


Susie is also the president of Iowa TASH, which is an advocacy organization working for "equity, opportunity, and inclusion for people with disabilities." Her research interest and advocacy efforts are geared toward family support. Currently, she is conducting a study regarding more equitable participation of all members of the IEP team, particularly those of the families.



Dial-in instructions and training materials will be emailed to all participants by 12:00, noon, the day of the teleconference 




PLEASE NOTE:  If you missed Susie Lund's previous teleconference training in June:


Literacy Activivities for Children with Significant Needs


This training has been recorded and is available to listen to at your convenience until

Friday, September 7th. 

We would be happy to send you the toll-free dialing instructions to listen to the recorded teleconference, as well as email you the training materials. Please contact Pam at 






A Teleconference Training Series on Transition


You're participate in one, two, three or now all FOUR teleconferences on transitioning your child with a disability to living, learning and working after high school - what is referred to in education as "Postsecondary Transition".


The intended audience for this training is parents of children with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan. Other audience members that would benefit include: students themselves, teachers and other professionals that serve children with disabilities.


All sessions will include lecture and a question and answer session. Lots of activities and resources to help plan for transition to life after high school will be provided.  

Thursday, August 30th  

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


From Disabilities to Possibility: The Power of High Expectation in Transition Planning


This workshop teaches about the importance of setting high expectations in living, learning and working after high school. Participants will gain knowledge and skills they can use to help their child/student achieve positive outcomes after high school.



 Dial-in instructions and training materials will be emailed to all registrants by 12:00, noon, the day of the teleconference




Thursday, September 27th

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


Road to Discovery: Transition to

Adult Living, Learning and Working    


This workshop is design to help participants understand the special education transition process in Iowa and how to participate effectively. Tips on how to support and encourage a child's participation in the transition process will also be a focus area.



Dial-in instructions and training materials will be emailed to all registrants by 12:00, noon, the day of the teleconference





Thursday, October 25th

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


Exploring & Preparing for

Work as an Adult


This curriculum aims to provide participants with information, resources and tips for helping their child prepare for adult employment. Practicing and honing skills that will be used in the workforce can and should start very early in a child's life. This training focuses on what to consider when preparing a child for work and on the formal and informal supports that can help.



 Dial-in instructions and training materials will be emailed to all registrants by 12:00, noon, the day of the teleconference




Thursday, November 29th

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


Taking the Next Step: Planning for Success in Postsecondary Education


The goal of this workshop is to maximize the opportunities for students by helping their parent(s) better understand the importance of post-secondary education and the supports that are available for youth with disabilities.  Parental advocacy changes and effective planning for post-secondary education is crucial to help youth with disabilities attain meaningful employment and a lifetime of learning. The curriculum will go into detail about the benefits and variety of options postsecondary opportunities may offer.



Dial-in instructions and training materials will be emailed to all registrants by 12:00, noon, the day of the teleconference.

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