Spring Family Conference (March 27 & 28, 2020)

Hosted by Iowa Educational Services for Blind and Visually Impaired (IESBVI)

When: March 27 & 28, 2020

Friday: FAMILY NIGHT from 5-8 pm Pizza and Swimming at (Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center 5291 Stoney Creek Ct, Johnston) (room accommodations available (515) 334-9000)

Saturday: CONFERENCE DAY from 8 am-5 pm at (Franklin Jr. High 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines)

Parent Program: learn how to help your child grow and learn.

Program for Students and Siblings ages 10 and up: experience a great time exploring new games and activities while building friendships.

FREE Childcare for Students and Siblings ages infant to 9: enjoy games, crafts, activities, snacks, FUN, hugs, and cuddles!

Come Join the FUN!

Parents, teenagers, children and babies can all have a GREAT TIME! Spend time getting to know other families, learning from each other and building relationships. Here are some quotes from other families who have taken part.

Testimonials from parents:

“Attending the Spring Conference is the most helpful event we’ve attended in learning ways to support our son, Jude, who is legally blind due to optic nerve atrophy. I first thought we should wait to get a further diagnosis before attending, and I’m glad we did not wait! There are all kinds of kiddos and families who attend with at least one common item being a child who is blind or visually impaired. The connections we make to other families are priceless. Others have traveled these paths before us, and this conference gives us the tools to use their experience and those of each other to help our kids be successful. Don’t forget to also ask about the stipend–they pay you to attend. I hope to see you there!” Sarah Corkery, Cedar Falls

“There are many reasons why our family attends the Spring Family conference. First, attendees and staff at the Spring Conference are not judgmental. All of the parents that come are from different backgrounds and have different needs for their children. Most of us have something in common more than just receiving services from IESBVI. Many of us have had to endure the general public not understanding the needs of our kids, and many of us struggle with educational needs in our schools. During the spring conference you will: make new friends, get educational ideas, find new resources, hear inspiring stories, have fun, play and laugh. You will come to realize that you are not alone in the struggles that you may face in dealing with vision loss and other disabilities. There are many families similar to yours across Iowa.” Brook Nolin, Spencer

“My name is Rita Fredericks and I live in Grimes with my husband and two sons – Liam, 9 and Miles 4. Miles is deaf and blind. Our family attends IESBVI Spring Family Conference for the educational and social opportunities it provides. We enjoy spending time with other families who have a child(ren) with vision impairments and siblings for our oldest son and ourselves to connect with and share successes and struggles. Our family benefits greatly from the shared resources and ideas that come from the organic conversations we have. We also gather information to bring new ideas back to our sons’ education team and develop a deeper understanding of how to serve him at school. You will learn from the education and learning opportunities and will love the friendships that you make at the Spring Family Conference!”


Have questions or just want to know more now? Call Deena Recker 641-814-3428 or email deena.recker@iaedb.org

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