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Adapted Cars Encourage Exploration and Curiosity in Kids With Disabilities

Exploring the world. Being curious. Learning cause and effect. Many people likely take for granted how important these skills and abilities are for infants as they transition into toddlers. For kids with special needs who have mobility delays, exploration and … Continue reading

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Scuba Diving Experience Launches DSM Students’ Blogs

By Linda Moehring & Deb Vail On a chilly day in March, fourth and fifth graders from Des Moines’ Downtown School warmed up and dove deep during an exciting scuba diving experience. The students were able to do one-onone diving … Continue reading

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Parent & Principal Tweets Thank You Message for Son’s AEA Services

It all began with a tweet: “Never knew all AEAs do until I saw what they did for this dude the first 3 yrs. of his life! #thankful.” Accompanying the tweet (a 140-character message on the social media site, Twitter) … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Awakening: AEA/School Team Help Boy Learn Positive Communication

Waukee junior high student Andrew Alfano enjoys dancing at his weekly Sunday dance class. Perhaps he enjoys dancing as a way to express himself as he has limited ability to do so verbally. Andrew has autism and is mostly non-verbal; … Continue reading

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Colo-NESCO: We Can’t Do It Without the AEA

Just a few short years ago Colo-NESCO was in trouble. The problems were many—shaky finances, a lack of leadership and lagging student achievement. On a Department of Education site visit, the district had 42 citations. As superintendent Jim Verlengia puts … Continue reading

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ISU Students Make Communication Easier for Sam

By Claire Sowder, Heartland AEA Communications Specialist and Lauri Pyatt, WDMCS School/Community Relations Specialist Smiles were contagious at Crossroads Park Elementary when fourth grader Sam Wedig received a very special gift from five Iowa State engineering students. Sam has cerebral … Continue reading

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Helping Districts Navigate Their Changing Populations

By Stephaney Jones-Vo, ESL/Diversity Consultant Sudanese Author Inspires Indianola K-8 Staff Emerson Elementary principal Mark Timmerman knows the number of English language learners (ELLs) in Indianola is growing and teachers are asking about how best to include them in their … Continue reading

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