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If you detect a delay in developmental or physical characteristics of a child observed in your healthcare facility, please contact your local AEA. Iowa’s Area Education Agencies are required to provide services to Iowa children and families including:

  • Service Coordination
  • Screenings, evaluation and assessments
  • Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Family Training/Counseling
  • Health Services
  • Medical evaluations to determine eligibility
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Vision
  • Transportation


Iowa’s Area Education Agencies have an explicit commitment and an unrelenting focus on student achievement. Legislation in 1975 originally established Area Education Agencies (AEA) to “provide instructional and supportive special education and educational media services.” Today, in concert with this legislative mandate, Iowa’s AEAs provide essential educational services that ensure all Iowa learners benefit from effective, efficient, and equitable educational services and prepare them for a life well-lived.

In 2017, it is estimated that schools saved over $11.3 million as a result of AEA Purchasing’s programs.