Iowans with Disabilities in Action is a nonpartisan, statewide initiative dedicated to generating greater civic and political participation among people with disabilities.
Collectively, Iowans with disabilities could make up one of the state’s largest blocs of influence; however, research shows that a lack of confidence, apathy and other barriers prevent thousands from engaging in advocacy.
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Has your life been positively impacted by the DD Act and/or the work of the Iowa DD Council? Do you have a story that you’d like to share? Tell us all about it! #50People50Years
In 2020, the Iowa DD Council is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). The purpose of the DD Act is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of, and have access to, needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life, through culturally competent programs authorized under the law.
During this year-long celebration, the Iowa DD Council will share stories of those positively impacted by the DD Act and/or the work of the Iowa DD Council.
Chasing Happiness: Guest Article from Community Living Ambassador Michael Gillette
Let’s talk about being disabled. I wasn’t born with a disability. I gained that in my early 20s, and since then it’s been…Read More
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Virtual Event
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services…Read More
Amber Gale: Iowa DD Council Member Spotlight
My four-year-old son, AJ, does the best Cookie Monster impersonations and just happens to have Down syndrome. He was also born with a congenital…Read More
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Iowans with Disabilities in Action is a project of the 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. Visit the DD Council website to learn more.
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