Iowa
This Executive Order establishes the Children's System State Board to serve as the single point of responsibility in the development and implementation of a Children's Mental Health System. It authorizes the Governor to appoint a representative from the Department of Workforce Development, as well as the Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Commission.
This Executive Order creates the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, which will develop and recommend a strategic plan to accomplish the Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of Iowa's workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. It authorizes the Governor to appoint representatives from the state's vocational rehabilitation programs to the Alliance.
This bill increases funding for a program for farmers with disabilities, which helps them gainfully engage in farming through agricultural worksite and home modification consultations, peer support services, services to families, information and referral and equipment loan services.
This bill requires mental health and disability services regions to ensure that certain services - including transition services related to job development, supported employment and prevocational services - are available to children not eligible for the medical assistance program or receiving other third-party payment for services.
This bill: 1. Adds additional members to the Iowa Workforce Development Board, including a representative from the Department for the Blind; 2. Creates a standing committee on the Board to provide information and assist with issues relating to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities; 3. Requires the Board to ensure that technology for accessing workforce development services is accessible to individuals with disabilities; and 4. Requires the Department of Workforce Development to consult with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for co-locating state and federal employment and training programs in centers providing services at the local level.
This bill: 1. Authorizes local workforce development boards to: • Include representatives of community-based organizations that provide competitive integrated employment to individuals with disabilities; and • Establish standing committees to provide information and assist with issues relating to serving individuals with disabilities; 2. Requires local workforce development boards to work with the state to ensure sufficient numbers and types of providers are providing opportunities that lead to competitive integrated employment; and 3. Requires local workforce development boards to coordinate activities with education and training providers relating to vocational rehabilitation services, which can include cross-training staff and providing technical assistance.
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Iowa Department for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with students with disabilities to help them develop specific career goals and action plans and prepare for employment. It includes a Super Seniors, a 5th year vocational preparation program that leads to competitive employment matching student career goals.
Operating Entity: University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
Entity Type: Other
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Iowa Department of Human Rights
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Iowa Treasurer of the State
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This project seeks to improve the academic and functional outcomes of children and youth who are deafblind through delivery of technical assistance to educators and agencies that support families and their children with deafblindness, including around transition planning. It is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa School for the Deaf, Iowa Educational Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program expands vocational rehabilitation and Pre-Employment Transition services by enabling community college team members to collaborate with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and provide career readiness and career exploration services to school districts where gaps are identified.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Iowa Legal Aid assists Iowans seeking legal remedies around a variety of disability topics, including: assistive technology, education and other rights, medical benefits, mental health issues, and Social Security/Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Operating Entity: Iowa Legal Aid
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Access for Special Kids (ASK) Resource Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: DisAbility Rights Iowa
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides technical and financial assistance to help individuals with disabilities achieve self-sufficiency by starting, expanding, or purchasing a business. It is available to clients of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB).
Operating Entity: Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides trainings targeted to the needs of a variety of consumers, including individuals with disabilities, businesses, employers, state and local government agencies, including around transition planning.
Operating Entity: University of Missouri, Great Plains ADA Center
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides assistance to young adults in the areas of vocational training, independent living, and post-secondary education to help them develop the skills needed to obtain and maintain competitive integrated employment. Services include job exploration; counseling; work-based learning experiences; workplace readiness training; post-secondary training; self-advocacy instruction; job placement; independent living skills; and follow-up and monitoring. TAP is a partnership between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Community School Districts.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides direct support to young adults with disabilities to help them develop the skills to get, learn and keep a job. It also helps clients develop the linkages to community providers, and supports the businesses who host them and the paraprofessionals who support them so they can become independent and successful in their jobs. It is a collaboration between the Iowa University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities at the Center for Disabilities and Development (UCEDD/CDD) and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: DisAbility Rights Iowa
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
YLA is an introduction to leadership skills for youth with disabilities consisting of five two-hour sessions focused on leadership, goal-setting, self-determination, civic engagement, and social networking and mentoring. It is a collaboration between the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Access 2 Independence and UI Health Care Center for Disabilities and Development.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Iowa provides a general FAQ document discussing distance learning. It includes links for parents with more specific quesitons regarding special education distance learning, describes the methods by which schools provide equitable opportunities for students, policy regarding virtual IEP meetings, and additional services that schools must provide for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Iowa Department of Education
Iowa provides an FAQ document for educators that discusses distance learning. This guidance specifically addresses distance learning adjustments required for special education instructors and virtual testing procedures for special education students.
Operating Entity: Iowa Department of Education
Iowa created a document that discusses children’s services during school closures and when AEAs or child health specialty clinics are closed due to COVID-19. It discusses potential adjustments to education for students with disabilities based on individual needs, virtual alternative assessments for students with disabilities, and the provision of virtual IEP meetings.
Operating Entity: Iowa Department of Education