Explore the differences between Early ACCESS services and Early Childhood Special Education services and gain knowledge about the child find process used to determine a child’s need for special education. Learn about possible options in transition planning for when your child and family exit Early ACCESS services.
Dee Waddell, M.Ed., State Coordinator for IDEA Part C Consultant, leads Iowa's Early ACCESS system of early intervention for children, birth to three, with developmental delays and their families. Dee has been with the Department of Education for 26 years with a focus on early intervention, early childhood, and special education. She is active at the state and national level in the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children CEC).
Betsy Lin is an administrative consultant at the Iowa Department of Education in the area of special education. She taught for over 13 years in special education preschool settings and has worked at the Department of Education for 11 years, previously in the area of early childhood special education. Her work has included Preschool SDI (Specially Designed Instruction) professional development and coaching, inclusion, assessment, IDEA monitoring and continuous improvement, and special education dispute resolution. She has a master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in early childhood.