Special Needs Trusts

A special needs trust, also known as a supplemental needs trust, is a type of irrevocable trust that can provide benefits to minors and physically or mentally challenged individuals.

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Iowa Medicaid Trusts - Special Needs Trusts

A special needs trust is an arrangement by which a trustee holds property for the benefit of another person (the beneficiary). Iowa law refers to these trusts as Medical Assistance Special Needs Trusts. They are also known as d4A trusts as they were statutorily created by federal law at 42 USC 1396p(d)(4)(A).

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Sexual Health Education for Young People with Disabilities

Specially designed for teaching adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, the STARS model focuses on four areas: Understanding Relationships, Social Skills Training, Sexual Awareness, and Assertiveness—with the goals of promoting positive sexuality and preventing sexual abuse.

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) strengthens public health systems to meet the needs of America’s mothers, children, and their families. We reach more than 58 million pregnant people, infants, and children, including children with special health care needs.

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Bullying & Harassment

Harassment and bullying are defined in Iowa Code 280.28 as: Any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment

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How to Report Bullying to School - Sample Letter

Parents should notify the school each time their child reports that they have been bullied at school. A conversation with the classroom teacher could be a good place to start to address a bullying issue. While talking with the school regarding the bullying incident can be effective, consider putting it in writing. Written communication is important for creating a record.

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What if Your Child is the One Showing Bullying Behavior?

The word "bullying" often conjures up an image of a schoolyard scene, with a big, intimidating student towering over a small, cowering child. However, that's just one of the many faces of children who bully. Another face of someone who bullies might be that of your own child. Surprised? Many parents are. Often they have no idea that their child is bullying other children. Yet recognizing the situations-and acting to change the behavior-is vitally important in making the future safer for your child and all children.

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ASK Resource Summer Camp List 2024

Summer is all about having fun, and at ASK Resource Center we want to make it easier for children and young adults with disabilities across Iowa to access all the summer fun their hearts desire! Regardless of your child's age or ability, planning is an essential component for smooth-sailing.

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What Is Cyberbullying? Facts, Laws & Resources | Maryville Online

This guide on what cyberbullying is from Maryville University Online will help you learn everything you need to know about cyberbullying, from relevant facts and statistics to helpful resources, so you can keep your teen safe online.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources

Materials and resources about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These materials have been developed through CDC activities and are based on key findings from the latest ASD research.

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