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Iowa Community Colleges Directory

Iowa has a statewide system of fifteen community colleges. Each one offers a comprehensive educational program. Click below to learn more about the community colleges of Iowa.

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Family Support in Post-Secondary Education

This webinar looks at positive ways that families can help support their youth with disabilities in post-secondary education opportunities. It is important to know the major differences between high school and post-secondary education as it pertains to laws, advocacy, and responsibility. Although the level of family involvement in post-secondary education is usually much less than in high school there are effective and appropriate ways to support youth success in this new environment.

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Family and Educator Partnership (FEP)

The Family and Educator Partnership will operate within a tiered system of supports across Iowa with intentional coordination, consistency, and continuity through partnerships between families and educators to support successful outcomes in the areas of living, learning, and working for individuals with disabilities, ages birth-21.

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Map of Community Colleges

Click below to see where the community colleges of Iowa are located.

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Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning

The Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning is designed to help families prepare for those times during which their child moves from one environment to another and from one developmental stage to another.

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Think College

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

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Transition Planning for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Transition planning is essential for deaf students, who experience unique educational and life challenges as a result of their hearing loss, such as communication barriers, lack of effective accommodations, and intentional and unintentional discrimination.

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Preparation for ACT Accommodations

Planning for college requires much preparation, even more so if a student has a disability and requires accommodations on college entrance exams. Students with disabilities receiving services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are not entitled to ACT or SAT testing accommodations and must apply to use them.

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National Technical Assistance Transition Center

NTACT assists State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment. Click below to learn more about how NTACT is improving postsecondary outcomes for all students with disabilities, and the resources they provide.

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Transition Terms Information Sheet

Special Education uses many acronyms or abbreviations, many of which families become familiar while their student is in school. As teens and their families prepare to exit school and begin life as an adult, they are faced with many new terms and acronyms. See our information sheet for definitions of some words and acronyms often used during this important time.

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Guidance on 4+ programs

4+ services are secondary services which are part of the student's secondary schooling and included in his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP). Specifically, the purpose of the services is to fulfill unmet transition needs resulting from the student's disability as identified in the student's IEP.

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Heartland AEA Transition Resource Guide

This Transition Resource Guide provides information and ideas to assist families and educators with critical transition planning during a student's high school years. Place it with your child's educational records or in another readily accessible location and refer to it frequently.

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Transition to Adulthood Toolkit

Planning early for the transition from home and high school to living and working in the community helps families to be better prepared for what lies ahead. Use the toolkit to better prepare your family, and to help with any needs or concerns you may have related to you or your child's health, education, or well-being.

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Life After IEPs

College-based Comprehensive Transition Programs (CTPs) offer students with ID diverse opportunities to learn academic, career, and independent living skills as they prepare for employment. Students enjoy the benefits of college life, engage in mentoring and social experiences with peers, and build self determination and self advocacy skills.

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Iowa IDEA Information

The i3 website is a one-stop-shop for procedures, guidance and resources on special education for parents, families, educators and partner agencies. The site can be easily translated into different languages, and includes many transition related resources.

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Tips and Resources for Youth Transitioning Back to School or to College

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) for Youth published a series of six tip sheets around various advocacy related topics. They provide youth with action steps for dealing with various life transitions and challenges. Specific action steps are provided, and the tip sheets conclude with helpful supplementary information, such as additional resources.

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