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Special Education

This page contains resources for parents and Universal Tier staff. The information is consistent, reliable and available to all families and educators as needed.

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Special Education Terms and Acronyms

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Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages Birth-3

Parents have rights, known as procedural safeguards, which apply to every aspect of the early intervention process, such as evaluation, access to records, and Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) team participation. State and federal laws and regulations outline what needs to happen for eligible infants and toddlers with conditions or developmental delays to enhance their growth and development. The following document serves as your procedural safeguards notice and will help you understand the rights available to you and your child through a federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) Part C and the Iowa Administrative Rules for Early ACCESS Integrated System of Early Intervention Services.

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Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 3-21

The Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities explains the specific rights and responsibilities of the parent in the special education process. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires school districts to give parents the Procedural Safeguards only one time a year, except upon: initial referral or on request for evaluation; the first occurrence of the filing of a due process hearing complaint; or upon request by a parent.

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Family and Educator Partnership (FEP)


The Family and Educator Partnership (FEP) works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities.


  • Creating partnerships early builds the foundation for family and child success
  • Families, educators, and community providers all have important roles, responsibilities, and perspectives in the education and support of children
  • Shared communication builds successful partnerships
  • Successful partnerships work together by recognizing, understanding, and respecting individual differences
  • Each family has the option to access a variety of services and supports through the FEP, depending upon their needs at any point in time

Who We Are

The FEP is staffed by a family coordinator who is a parent of a child with special needs and an educator coordinator who has an educational background. Together, they facilitate collaboration, communication, and problem-solving between the family and school. Each of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) employ these staff to guide the program within the AEA. They collaborate directly with parents, local education agencies, and agencies outside the educational system.

What We Do for Parents and Educators

  • Provide information to families about special education including family/student rights and responsibilities as well as information which will assist families in understanding education processes
  • Support families and educators using a variety of methods throughout the Early ACCESS/special education process
  • Support communication between home and school to enhance family and educator partnerships
  • Link family and educators to services within the AEA and the community

FEP Brochure

AEA Contacts


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