Genesis Pediatric Therapy Now Enrolling for Yoga Class for Children with ASD

Looking for some way to keep your kid active AND warm this winter? The Iowa City Autism Community has worked with the awesome therapists at Genesis Pediatric Therapy to create a yoga class designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum! Please call Genesis to sign up – cost is only $10.00! Space is limited to only eight participants so this will fill up quickly. If there is additional interest, Genesis is open to having an additional class. See flier for more details.

ICAC Winter 2017-2018 Activities Announced!

Throughout the year, The Iowa City Autism Community organizes several activities for individuals on the spectrum and their families. Thanks to generous community donations, events are often free or at reduced price.  See the flyers below for more details and check the calendar to see additional activities as they are scheduled. Contact Jessie Witherell at jessiewitherell@hotmail.com or Dina Bishara at iowadina@yahoo.com for more information.

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Upcoming CAPSTO Meeting and Guest Speaker, Mary Roberts

Image result for capsto transitions iowa cityMonday, December 18th 5:30 – 6:30 pm Followed by CAPSTO meeting 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Eastdale Plaza 1700 1st Avenue Iowa City Suites 15 & 16

CAPSTO is pleased to have Mary Roberts, Autism Center Coordinator at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, speak about Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers and Regional funding. Mary will be speaking at the Transition Services Center before the Dec. CAPSTO meeting. TSC families and parents/guardians of high school students are encouraged to attend the talk and invited to stay for the CAPSTO Meeting.

Please RSVP to Kathie Paterson, CAPSTO treasurer at katheatonpaterson@gmail.com by Friday, December 15th.

CAPSTO stands for Community, Agencies, Parent, Student, Teacher Organization and is formed of individuals working to support the ICCSD Transitions Program for special education students with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or other barriers to living and working independently in our community.

 

See more scheduled meetings at the ICCSD Web Page here https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/135

The Iowa City Autism Community has received a grant from the Pilot Club!

The Iowa City Autism Community has been given a generous grant from the Pilot Club! We’re very honored to be awarded this gift. We thank the Pilot Club for this and for everything else that they do for our community! Our hope is to continue serving individuals on the autism spectrum and their families as long as we can and this grant will help us continue our mission. Look for more programs and events in the near future!

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Belin Blank now enrolling for WINGS –

Belin Blank now enrolling for WINGS –

The Weekend Institute for Gifted Students (WINGS) consists of half day enrichment opportunities for elementary and junior high students (grades 2-8) that take place on The University of Iowa campus. Classes in S.T.E.M., arts, and the humanities will cultivate students’ interest and enliven their curiosity!

Students do not have to be in a gifted and talented program to participate in WINGS. Also, students are not required to participate in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS). However, we encourage all high ability students to participate in BESTS in order to learn more about readiness for academic challenge.

Read more here – https://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/students/wings/

Iowa City Community Schools Seclusion Room Update

From Superintendent Steve Murley –

The Iowa City Community School District is committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students and staff. The District is committed to discontinuing the use of temporary seclusion rooms (sometimes referred to in the general public as “isolation boxes”) within our schools by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The District recognizes the role of restraint and seclusion in providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education for all students in a Least Restrictive Environment within our schools and is seeking ways to improve our practices. The District also recognizes that students with a formal safety plan developed in coordination with parents/guardians may have needs that differ and the District will work with parents to meet their student’s needs. The District has been reviewing each site and the student needs within each school using the recommendations of the Restraint and Seclusion Task Force. The District has completed the work to eliminate 7 temporary seclusion rooms within our schools and we plan to eliminate the remaining temporary seclusion rooms throughout the District by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. We will provide continuous updates as we move through the process, including working with parents, students, and staff.

Sincerely,

Stephen Murley
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

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News regarding updates to ICCSD Restraint and Seclusion procedures –

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/education/k-12/2017/11/07/seclusion-rooms-out-iowa-city-schools-starting-next-school-year-district-says/842880001/

New Resources for University Students on the Spectrum

From ICAC Contributor Rosemary Moore –

As a member of the University Autism Committee and contributor to what follows, I’m happy to advertise this First Year Seminar at UI this spring:

New FYS offered Spring 2018
“Finding Your Comfort Zone: Secrets to Success”
Who: Please share with any students you feel might benefit. (We had students with ASD in mind as we created the course, but it also is applicable to anyone who struggles with transitions and/or executive functioning skills.) We also hope to draw students who might be allies for this population on campus.
Course Overview: This course is designed to help students explore what they need to be successful and happy at the University of Iowa. Insights into the unwritten “rules” of college life will be shared, such as how to make friends, connect with faculty or staff on campus, and engage with resources that may help foster positive learning experiences and provide support.
The course has a seminar format. The goal of the class is for you to have your questions answered about how to navigate the college environment. Students will leave the course with more confidence about how to gain a worthwhile learning experience and enjoy college life.
Weekly Topics:
• Starting a new semester – Finding my Comfort Zone
• Finding my comfort zone on campus
• Finding my comfort zone with instructors
• Finding my comfort zone with peers
• Finding my comfort zone in the residence hall / apartment
• Finding my comfort zone in the community
• Finding my comfort Zone with transitions
• Knowing myself
“Secrets to Success”
• Case Scenarios – In the Classroom
• Case Scenarios – With my peers
• Case Scenarios – In the campus community
• Summer plans

Please contact Pam Ries (pamela-ries@uiowa.edu) with additional questions.

Local Attorney Mary Richard Weighs in on Who Must Attend IEP Meetings

Who is Required to Attend an IEP Meeting?

“Question:  At a recent IEP meeting, both the special education teacher and general education teacher left after 15 minutes. As a result we couldn’t finish the meeting agenda.  Does Iowa law say anything about this? Answer:  Yes.”

Read more from Mary’s blog here –

http://specialeducationlawmmr.blogspot.com/2017/10/who-is-required-to-attend-iep-meeting.html

ICAC Co-Founder Dina Bishara’s Message to the new ICCSD School Board

Dina Bishara

“For many of us — including the nearly 10 percent of the ICCSD student body in special education — this is not an abstract issue.  Our children, most of whom have life-long disabilities, are at the center of it.”

Read Dina’s editorial here –

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/opinion/contributors/guest-editorials/2017/09/23/iowa-city-special-education-community-needs-allies/690695001/