The next ASpire meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Heartland AEA office in Ames (511 S. 17th Street). The topic will be: "Job skills: The Necessary Skills for Obtaining and Keeping a Job" presented by Andrea Keith, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation and Maureen McClane, Story County Community Life Program.

Areas to be covered include: the beginning steps towards employment; services and levels of support available to persons with disabilities; what is job development and coaching; how to answer behavior-style questions in an interview; use of informational interviews; parents’ role during job seeking; when and how to disclose your disability.

ASPIRE is a parent-led support group for parents, educators and professionals who have or work with children who have special needs. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Jamie Gurganus at or 515-232-7583.