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Special Education Resources for Families and Educators


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This page contains resources for parents and Universal Tier staff. Information contained in the repository is consistent, reliable, and available to all families and educators as needed.

The Iowa Department of Education, AEAs, and districts have developed the Iowa IDEA Information (i3) website to provide parents, families, educators, and partner agencies with a one-stop-shop for procedures, guidance, and resources for both early intervention and special education. To access these additional resources, visit the Resources page within i3.

More information about the supports and services provided to families and educators is available on the Family and Education Partnership webpage.

Special Education Resources

Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) Brochure

Family and Educator Partnership (FEP) Brochure

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) Brochure

IEP Team Bookmark

Family Information for Initial IEP Meeting

Family Information for Three Year Re-evaluation of IEP

Planning For Your Child's IEP Meeting

Positive Student Profile

Special Education: Child Find Process - Describes the process used to determine if a child is in need of special education services in Iowa.

What to Expect at an IEP Meeting

Administrative Consideration for Changes in Definition of Diploma (2018-10-1) - This document provides an overview and implications related to Iowa's special education rule change regarding graduation for individuals eligible for special education.

Graduation Information and Guidance for Families - This document contains an overview of the changes related to graduation for students receiving special education services, along with information about how this will impact students and actions that families might take as they are learning more about this change.

Supported Decision Making

Special Education Terms and Acronyms

Early Intervention (Early ACCESS) Terms and Acronyms

Special Education Terms and Acronyms