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INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah,  Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator, Chris Cooper, contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks  the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

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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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Join the Iowans with Disabilities in Action network of more than 9,000 Iowans who want to get more involved civically and politically in the state (it's FREE). You will have access to the latest information and resources to help you take action in your community and state.

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Additional Resources

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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