Projects & Funding

Through various projects ASK Resource Center is able to provide Access, Empowerment, and Acceptance for all whom we serve. Various grants fund these projects. Click the project names to learn even more about each project and its funding sources.

Parent Training & Information (PTI): ASK serves as the state of Iowa’s Parent Training & Information Center. The goal of PTI is to help parents, families, and students with disabilities understand their civil rights regarding early intervention services and special education supports so that they can be strong, effective advocates. 

Family to Family Health Information (F2F):  ASK serves as the state of Iowa’s Family to Family Health Information Center. F2F provides a central source for families of children and young adults with special health care needs and disabilities to obtain supports, advocacy, and information. F2F works to enhance access to quality health care and community services.

 Family to Family EHDI: ASK is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program to provide family-to-family support for parents and caregivers of children ages birth to three who are diagnosed with deafness or hearing loss. The F2F EHDI Project at ASK provides an online support community, a monthly deaf and hard of hearing statewide E-Newsletter, technical support to providers to help them engage with families, family training activities, family networking events, and a mentor match network. The F2F EHDI mentor match network at ASK, trains both parents with lived experience and deaf and hard of hearing adults to serve as guides to families with a newly diagnosed child. 

State Professional Development Grant:  Description coming soon.

Conflict Resolution: Families of children with disabilities often need to come to the table with professionals to address planning for their children’s needs. Sometimes there is conflict. Conflict is a natural part of any relationship and can serve to better communication when addressed properly. The main focus of this project is RESPECT Training, which focuses on building and maintaining solid foundations for relationships, and on providing options to support conflict resolution at the earliest stages possible. Browse our events page for upcoming RESPECT trainings across the state.

Transition: Planning for the future and setting high expectations for youth with disabilities can be challenging for families. Adult services and supports often look very different than what is available during the school years. The Transition project is designed to help families understand the importance of setting high expectations and to give them the knowledge and skills they need to achieve positive outcomes for their kids in regard to living, learning, and working after high school.

Together We Can Conference: The Together We Can Conference is an annual statewide conference which brings families and professionals from across the state of Iowa together for a full day of learning and networking with families, providers, advocates, and more.