Jun 04, 2019

Extending Learning Outside of School

Children running and playing outside with bubbles.

This list of summer educational resources supporting children and families was compiled by Sara Kane, GWAEA Family & Educator Partnership and Monica Ryan-Rausch, GWAEA Autism Consultant.

Educational Opportunities

Community Opportunities

Access to Independence
Access 2 Independence empowers individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves in order to achieve greater independence and integrated community participation. In addition, Access 2 Independence connects individuals with direct services to help individuals obtain the skills and supports they choose, in order to accomplish their self-determined goals.
There are offices in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Communities.

The Arc of East Central Iowa
680 2nd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
Contact: Lexi Coberly
319-365-0487, Ext 1024
There is an application process to access services. This organization can assist with applying for waiver services.

Balance Autism formerly The Homestead
Balance autism: Children services

Hiawatha and Cedar Rapids
1661 Boyson Square Drive, Suite 100

Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
319-294-9577 or 1-888-2-AUTISM

Services offered:

  • Clinic Based Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Consultation and Training
  • Family Training and Coaching
  • Social Skills
  • Supported Community Living (children)

Camp Courageous
PO Box 418, Monticello, Iowa 52310

Contact : Hunter Freeman

CRCS District Transition Alliance Program
Two week summer employment trainings for Cedar Rapids high school students. The classes are free. Students must register.
Contact: Kelsey Teeter

2350 Oakdale Blvd
Coralville, Iowa 52241

Contact: Monica Goodwin


Eastern Iowa Arts Academy
1841 E Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
There are fees for the classes, however there are scholarships available for students.

Contact: Heather Wagner


Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP)
Child Health Specialty
100 Hawkins Drive CCD
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Regional autism assistance program
Contact person: Erika Hertel
1-866-219-9119 Ext. 2
Email: Iowa-RAP@uiowa.edu

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
4444 First Ave NE, Suite 436
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Contact: Maggie Johnson

Miracles In Motion
Contact: Mary Chadwick
Email: miraclesinmotion@gmail.com

Boy Scouts of America
PACK #1030 

℅ Tanager Place, 1030 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
Contact: Melissa Zeien, 319-573-3832, melissa.zeien@rockcollins.com
Contact: Scott Loggins, 319-981-0376, scott@sniggle.com

Safer Driver Solutions/The Driving Coach
Works with students with special needs to obtain driver’s license.
301 West North Street, Richland, Iowa 52585
Contact: Andy Nelson, 641-242-0600

Tanager Place
1030 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

Autism social skill summer camp, seven weeks, fee to participate
Current grades that have openings; K-1; 2-3; 4-5
Contact: Monica Ryan-Rausch, mryan-rausch@tanagerplace.org

Theatre Cedar Rapids
102 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

Contact: Hanna Spina, 319-366-8592
2019 Theatre Cedar Rapids Summer Camps

To The Rescue
139 40th Street NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

Contact: Ingrid Wensel

Witwer Children’s Therapy
3245 Williams Parkway SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Contact: Julie Gasway, 319-369-8407