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      Transition Resources

      Iowa Transition Assessment
      http://transitionassessment.northcentralrrc.org

      Iowa’s transition matrix holds numerous tools and assessments families, teachers and IEP team members can use to assist students in meeting their unique needs and prepare for employment, further education, and independent living.

      American Foundation for the Blind
      http://www.afb.org

      AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.  This website has good information for employers, professionals, and career mentoring.

      CareerConnect®
      www.afb.org/careerconnect/

      CareerConnect is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. CareerConnect presents employment information, career exploration tools, and extensive job seeking guidance for students and adults with vision loss and the professionals who work with them.

      The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center
      http://heath.gwu.edu

      The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

      Youth Leadership Forum
      https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/pd/youth-leadership-forum

      The Division of Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department for the Blind and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is sponsoring a leadership training program for high school students with disabilities. Approximately 30 sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities will be selected. Students will be diverse in gender, disability, ethnicity, and geographical location.
      Link to Youth Leadership Forum video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-ajBzI6DMw

      ACT - Services for Students with Disabilities
      http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/

      ACT is committed to serving students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the student's diagnosis. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations.

      Accessible Educational Materials
      http://aem.cast.org/

      This site serves as a resource to educators, parents, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about and implementing AIM and NIMAS.and others interested in learning more about and implementing AIM and NIMAS  

      Family Resources

      Access for Special Kids (ASK) Family Resource Center
      http://askresource.org/

      ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center is a parent training, information, and advocacy center for families of children with special needs across the state of Iowa. We are a family-driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and their family members.

      Iowa Deafblind Services Project
      http://www.iowadeafblind.org/

      Iowa’s Deafblind Services Project serves children and young adults age birth through twenty-one who are suspected of having both a hearing AND a vision loss or difficulty in processing auditory and visual information. We are dedicated to building the knowledge and skills of all stakeholders involved in the education or parenting of these learners. We believe in using a collaborative, multi-faceted, approach to achieve positive, fulfilling futures for children and youth with deafblindness.

      The Parent Educator Connection (PEC)
      http://educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=601&Itemid=1601

      The PEC mission is to promote positive partnerships through meaningful communication between families and educators to enhance the value of each partner, thus allowing all children and young adults to attain their greatest potential. The Parent-Educator Connection (PEC) works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities.

      Family Connect
      http://www.FamilyConnect.org

      Family Connect is an online, multimedia community for parents and guardians of children with visual impairments. This site offers comprehensive resources and support 24 hours a day, with access to message boards where they can talk to other parents, compelling videos featuring real-life families, parenting articles, a mom-authored blog, and links to local resources. The site also features sections dedicated to multiple disabilities, technology, education, and every age group from infants to teens.

      The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
      http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/education/napvi/

      The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments. NAPVI is a core partner for the Families & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project spearheaded by the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights (PACER).

      The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
      http://nopbc.org/

      Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information. We have over 3,000 members in all 50 states and divisions or parent contacts in about 30 states plus Puerto Rico. 

      Consumer Organizations

      American Council of the Blind
      http://www.acb.org

      The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

      The National Alliance of Blind Students
      http://www.blindstudents.org./

      The official website of the National Alliance of Blind Students. They are a network of more than 150 students, parents, teachers, and organizations working to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired students across the United States.

      The National Association of Blind Students
      http://nabslink.org/

      For over 30 years this national organization of blind students has provided support, information, and encouragement to blind college and university students. NABS leads the way in offering resources in issues such as national testing, accessible textbooks and materials, overcoming negative attitudes about blindness from school personnel, developing new techniques of accomplishing laboratory or field assignments, and many other college experiences.

      National Federation of the Blind
      https://nfb.org/

      The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. We do this by bringing blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions.