University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Community Service Projects

The Community Service Project is an integral part of the Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute. It provides an opportunity for trainees to apply lessons and skills learned during the in-person part of the training. All trainees come to the training with experience advocating for their children with special needs at the individual or family level. As they work on their Community Service Projects, they are able to leverage that experience at the community or systems level. Doing so will most likely require new resources and new partners. Individual mentors work with trainees to make connections and develop projects that have impact. 

2022 Projects

  • Marshallese Advocacy Training (Dubuque)
  • Social Skills Training (Decorah)
  • Guide for Parents Podcast (Coralville)
  • Autism in an Emergency (Kiron)
  • Finding a Faith Home (Johnston)
  • Southeast Iowa Social Media Website (Mount Pleasant)
  • Finding the Friendship Village (Johnston)
  • Experiences with School Administration (Marion)
  • Strategic Teaching Tips (Davenport)
  • Collaborating for Quality (Batavia)
  • Peer Connections (Marion)

2021 Projects

  • Build a Better ADA Restroom (Grimes)
  • Iowa Latin Connections (Iowa City)
  • Iowa PANS/PANDAS Legislation Communication (Iowa City)
  • Connecting the Dots Family Resource Toolbox (Decorah)
  • Increasing Transparency in Special Education Classrooms (Tiffin)
  • Jabez Iowa Support Group (Iowa City)
  • Accessible Parent Support/Education for At-Risk Communities (North Liberty)
  • Cruzando Puentes/Crossing Bridges (West Liberty)
  • Juvenile Justic Awareness (North Liberty)
  • Supporting Kinship Families (Audubon)

2019 Projects

  • Parent Support Group (Ainsworth)
  • Resource List for Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs (Tiffin)
  • Special Education Training for Families (West Liberty)
  • Autism Training for Teachers (Dike)
  • Self-Care for Caregivers Website (Oelwein)
  • Quality of Life Facebook Page (Cedar Rapids)
  • Deaf Culture Community Education (Davenport)
  • Support for Siblings of Children with Special Health Care Needs (Oelwein)
  • Connecting Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs (West Burlington)
  • Autism Resources for Para Educators (Fort Dodge)

2018 Projects

  • Southwest Iowa Autism Support Group (Shenandoah)
  • Caregiver Resilience Screening Tool (Shell Rock)
  • Northwest Iowa Parent Support Group (Sheldon)
  • Social Media Group for Gender Nonconforming Children on the Autism Spectrum (Des Moines)
  • Parent Support Group (Carroll)
  • Support, Empowerment, and Advocacy Group for Families of Children with Disabilities (Estherville)
  • "Places to Play" Recreational Areas for a Children with Special Health Care Needs (Grimes)
  • Facebook Page for Iowa Families of Children with Cerebral Palsy (Glidden)
  • First Responder Safety Training for Children with Special Health Care Needs (Hawarden)
  • Peer Support for Parents with a Prenatal Diagnosis (Amana)
  • Resource Guide for Parents of Children Discharged from a Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Sloane)
  • Guidelines for IEPs Involving Extracurricular Good Conduct Violations (Mouth Vernon)
  • Guide for Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Application (Des Moines)

2017 Projects

  • Top 10 List of Resources for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs (Decorah)
  • Iowa Hydrocephalus Association Community Network (Cedar Rapids)
  • Autism Connections Group (Dubuque)
  • Parent Panel on Waivers for Iowa Families (Iowa City)
  • Supporting Families of Children with Mental Health Needs and Learning Disabilities (Iowa City)
  • Early ACCESS Digital Story (Oelwein)
  • Working with Lawmakers to Protect Children with Special Needs from Bullying in Schools (Riverside)
  • Website for Autism Resources in Central Iowa (Des Moines)
  • Teacher Resource Folder About "Invisible" Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (Clinton)

2016 Projects

  • Beyond the IEP: One-Pager for Transition to Middle School (Glenwood)
  • Family Education Partner Group (Vinton)
  • Epilepsy Awareness (Maquoketa)
  • Families as Faculty Project (Independence)
  • All About Me Page for Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs (Iowa City)
  • Newsletter for Transition Services for Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Cedar Rapids)
  • "LGBTQIA+ What Do the Letters Mean?" Seminar and Resources (Iowa City)
  • Integrated Employment Video Collaboration with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation (Dubuque)
  • AMBUCS Chapter in Iowa (Hudson)
  • Gallup StrengthsQuest Inventory for School Paraprofessionals (Dubuque)