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Mark your calendars!

July 5


Agency closed in observance of Independence Day

July 21, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board meeting

Aug. 13


GWAEA summer hours end

Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

Texting ban begins July 1

Thanks in part to a national campaign sponsored by AAA, the act of composing, reading or sending electronic text messages while driving will become illegal in Iowa effective Thursday, July 1, 2010.
(Iowa Legislature, HF 2456)

Iowa joins 27 other states in enacting this legislation, which prohibits behind-the-wheel texting via cell phones, laptop computers plus a host of other wireless communication devices. Certain types of professional drivers and emergency situations will be exempt.

The Penalties for Texting
Under Iowa law, texting while driving will be classified as a secondary offense, which means you can only be stopped and ticketed when committing another citable traffic offense. Violators will face a fine of $30. Violations leading to serious injury or death can face fines up to $1,000 and a license suspension of up to 180 days. For novice drivers, texting while driving will be classified as a primary offense, which means you can be pulled over and ticketed based on a text messaging offense alone.

Notice to Grant Wood AEA Health Plan Participants:

The Metro Interagency Insurance Program (MIIP) board has decided to file an exemption to the mental health/substance abuse federal requirements for the 2010-11 plan year.  Attached is notification of the exemption for our plan participants.

Addition to Summer Van Mail

River Ridge has been added to the summer route schedule.  They will receive delivery on Tuesdays.  

Ticket to Hope

Ticket to Hope provides up to eight free counseling sessions from a licensed mental health professional for Iowans impacted by the floods and tornadoes of 2008.

The program is managed through the Iowa Department of Human Services. Individuals are eligible to receive free counseling services through the criteria listed below:

  • A person needing mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse counseling sessions.

  • A person who does not have health insurance, has no mental health benefits or has used their mental health plan benefits.

Ticket to Hope is managed by the Iowa Department of Human Services in Des Moines. The services are available through September 28, 2010.

Additional information is available by visiting or call 1-800-447-1985

Brain Injury Association of Iowa Midwest Advocacy Project

Want to get involved and learn more about improving brain injury services but not sure how to go about it?  

Becoming a successful advocate is an important way to improve services for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), their family members, and significant others.  The Brain Injury Association of Iowa is partnering with the Mayo Clinic TBI Model System in a research study to identify how to best teach advocacy to people touched by TBI to improve their health and that of their communities.  This groundbreaking study is expected to advance the science of TBI research.      
If you are at least 18 years old and a person or family member/significant other affected by a moderate to severe TBI a year or more ago, you are invited to contact us about participating in this research study.  You will be asked to attend four monthly training sessions in Des Moines.  Travel expenses will be covered for those residing at least 60 miles from the training site.  All participants will receive a research stipend upon completion of the four sessions.  
Please contact the Brain Injury Association of Iowa at: 1-800-444-6443 or for additional information and/or an application.  Contribute to important TBI research and join with others eager to gain better advocacy skills and know-how.

A Fun-Filled Summer at the CRMA!

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) has planned many summer activities and events. Admission is always free for children 18 and under and there is free admission for everyone on Thursdays from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. From Doodlebugs to Family Fun Day to SmArt Saturdays to Art Bites, visitors are sure to find a CRMA activity that everyone in the family can enjoy. And the best part is…all of these activities are FREE!

Additional details about all of these events as well as current and upcoming exhibitions can be found at or by calling 319.366.7503.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Archives of Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo June 25, 2010

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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency's Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 1-800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404