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Workshops & Networking Opportunities

Central Iowa ASPIRE

ASPIRE is a parent-led support group for parents, educators and professionals who have or who work with children who have special needs. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Jamie Gurganus at (800) 255-0405, ext. 12327. 

Conversation & Coffee 

Support and networking for parents who have children on an IFSP or IEP in the Johnston, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Saydel, Urbandale, Dallas Center-Grimes and Waukee school districts. Others are welcome to join as well. Topics for all ages, early childhood to transition from high school. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month, Sept.-May, except March, when the meeting is the second Thursday due to Spring Break. Meet from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at 100th St. Corner Café, 3017 100th Street, Urbandale. Food is available for purchase. An RSVP is appreciated but not necessary. For more information, contact Kari Paulsen or Susan Becker.

SMART (Supportive Moms and Dads Accessing Resources Together)

Ankeny support group for family members of children and young adults with special needs. The group no longer meets in person but has an active Facebook Group. Search for Ankeny Smart. For more information, contact Kari Paulsen.

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