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Early Access Iowa
Early ACCESS Iowa (IDEA Part C)
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-8634 (Local)
(515) 242-5988 (Fax)
(888) 425-4371 (Toll-Free)
earlyaccessia@vnsdm.org
http://www.earlyaccessiowa.org/

Brief Description

Early ACCESS Iowa is the central point of contact to assist families in connecting with Early ACCESS and community-based services that address specialized child and family needs through a user-friendly system.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8am-7pm
Geographic area served: Entire of state of Iowa

Staff

Cindy Weigel, State Coordinator, cindy.weigel@iowa.gov

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Lead agency for Iowa's early intervention system as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

      The Early ACCESS program does the following:

      Identifies needed services, resources and equipment (known as assistive technology or adapted equipment) for infants and toddlers to grow and develop through screenings, evaluations and assessments.

      Coordinates and/or provides those needed services, resources and equipment. Every child receiving EARLY ACCESS services should have a Family Service Coordinator who assists the family in finding and financing needed services, resources and equipment.

      Early ACCESS funds may be used as a payer of last resort. All services to the child are provided in the child's natural environment including the home and other community settings where children of the same age without disabilities participate. Services required to be provided to children and families include Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) development. An IFSP is the document that lists all services, resources and equipment needed by the child. The IFSP is developed in conjunction with the family and the IFSP team members. Every child receiving Early ACCESS services should have an IFSP.

      Other services include Assistive Technology provision, Audiology services, Family Training/Counseling, Health services, Nursing services, Nutrition services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work services, Special Instruction, Speech Language Therapy, Vision services, Transportation and other related costs that are necessary to enable an eligible child and the child's family to receive early intervention services.

      Early ACCESS is a partnership between families and the following providers: Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Human Services, Child Health Specialty Clinics, and Iowa Department of Education Area Education Agencies.
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