Resources

ID Action provides a list of national and state resources to keep Iowans connected with important information. If you would like to have a resource added to our list please contact us. Please note that we do not put commercial links on the National or State resource pages. If you have a question related to equipment or service vendor, please contact COMPASS.

ADAPT

ADAPT is an organization of people with a variety of disabilities who are steadfast in their advocacy efforts to make the community the place of entitlement instead of institutions. Find out everything you wanted to know about MiCASA at this site.

How to be Your Own Best Advocate Guide

The Managed Care Ombudsman Program's resource for Medicaid members and their support system. The How to be Your Own Best Advocate Guide is intended to assist members and their loved ones with navigating the managed care system. This guide was developed in collaboration with Disability Rights, Iowa and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

ASK Resource Center

The Iowa Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)

American Association of People with Disabilities

AAPD is the nation's largest cross-disability organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities

AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.

Advocacy Toolkit

If you are planning to visit the Capitol during the legislative session, the Advocacy Toolkit provides helpful information to get ready for your visit and helpful hints to continue your advocacy work when you’re back home. 

Beach Center

A center that works on research re: disabilities, education and families

Americans with Disabilities Act

Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa is a resource for individuals with disabilities as a result of brain injury. They offer a free service called Neuro-Resource Facilitation in which we link survivors, family members, and professionals with information, services, and resources. They also help advocate for and with individuals and provide emotional support as well. 

Family Village from the University of Wisconsin

Disability information and national organizations/information.

Iowa Youth Leadership Forum

The Division of Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department for the Blind and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is sponsoring a leadership training program for students with disabilities.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

 Find out about state and federal candidates along with other voting information.

Center for Disabilities and Development

A lending library of resources on a wide range of disability topics

Iowaparents.org

Research and information about parent involvement in education.

Kids as Self Advocates

A national grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. KASA supports teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need. 

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability.

Disability Rights Iowa

Protects the human and legal rights of individuals with disabilities:

NICHCY

The most comprehensive site you are going find with disability and educational information.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered

SABE is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. Founded in 1990, the organization works for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Office of Special Education Programs

The Federal Department of Education.

Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund

A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council

The DD Council is a federally funded state agency that advocates for the development of services and supports so that Iowans with developmental disabilities can make choices and take control of their lives

PACER

Is the Minnesota Parent, Training and information Center--it also serves as the national technical assistance center for all PTIs in the nation and territories.

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

ASAN seeks to organize the community of adults with autism to have their voices heard in the national conversation. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which people with autism enjoy the same access, rights and opportunities as all other citizens.  

Families USA

A national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Works to help individuals with disabilities achieve employment, education and individual goals

Wrightslaw

Legal information regarding the various laws that impact people with disabilities and their families, and the systems that provides services and supports to them.

The Center for Self-Determination

A nonprofit organization, established in 2000, operating as the primary clearinghouse, training and technical assistance source on self-determination. The Center is devoted to working within the public and private sectors to move power and authority over resources directly to individuals with disabilities, their families and allies.  

National Center for Learning Disabilities

A Web site devoted to monitoring the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Iowa Compass

Information and referral for Iowans with disabilities

The Council on Quality and Leadership

The CQL works with human service organizations to improve the quality of life for all people.  

National Coalition of Parent Centers

The National Coalition of Parent Centers provides information on Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC’s) throughout the country. Parent Centers serve families of children with physical, cognitive learning and emotional disabilities.

Iowa Secretary of State

Registering to vote, finding your polling place, voter guide, absentee ballots

National Organization on Disability

The organization’s mission is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, together we can close the participation gap.

Iowa Training Consortium

Promotes a system of individualized supports that will assist Iowans with developmental disabilities to live as fully participating members of their communities

Project Vote Smart

One-stop shopping for nonpartisan political information

The Arc

The Arc is an organization devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc offers Capitol Insider, an online publication with updated weekly news and information from the capitol that can be found in the site’s Public Policy section.

Investing in Our Future

Youth, Employment and Post-Secondary Opportunities, The Experiences of Developmental Disabilities Councils 2012

Progressive Policies to Support People with ID

Progressive Policies to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities in Meaningful Competitive Employment