MYM! 2020 Technology Grant Opportunity

Iowans with Disabilities in Action is offering grant funds to support organizations and individuals to access the technology needed to participate in the 2020 Make Your Mark! Conference.

You must be registered for all 2020 Make Your Mark! Conference sessionsto apply.

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Register Now for the Make Your Mark! 2020 Conference!

Register now for Make Your Mark! 2020: Your Vision for the Future! For our virtual conference, we will be holding one session a week over the lunch hour throughout the month of September and first part of October. These will be held via Zoom Webinar at 12 PM CST.
We are excited to be able to offer FREE registration for individuals with disabilities, family members and direct care support professionals accompanying a participant!
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Voter Education Grants

We are excited to offer grant funds to local advocacy groups that are led by people with disabilities that want to take action in their community to increase voter turnout among Iowans with disabilities. 

Activities of grantees must be non-partisan and encourage individuals with disabilities to vote in the 2020 general elections, raise awareness and educate elected officials and/or candidates on disability topics.

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COVID-19 Guide

Many people with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (the coronavirus). The Iowa DD Council has put together resources to help you better understand COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and those in your community. 

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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. 

Iowa DD Council Annual Report

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council has released their 2019 Annual Report. Check out what we've been up to.


Iowa DD Council Annual Report

About Us!

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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Get Registered to Vote!

You have several options to get registered to vote:

Option 1: Register BY MAIL: Complete a voter registration application and send it to your county auditor. To get a voter registration form, click the Register To Vote By Mail button below. You can also vist your county courthouse, your driver’s license station, public assistance offices or state offices serving people with disabilities and get a voter registration form.

Option 2: Register to vote Online: Check out the graphic to the right and follow the steps to register to vote online. 

Option 3: ON ELECTION DAY: Register on Election Day at your polling place. You must provide proof of your identity and where you live. Visit or call 1-888-SOS-VOTE to find out what forms of identification are acceptable.


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Latest News

Partner Guest Article: Iowa Department on Aging

The Office of Public Guardian is a state government program. It is part of the Iowa Department on Aging. The Iowa Department on Aging supports…

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Make Your Mark! Conference 2020: “Your Vision for the Future!”

  Join us for the VIRTUAL 2020 Make Your Mark! Self-Advocacy Conference September 1, 2020 – October 2, 2020. Sessions this year are…

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DD Council Member Spotlight: Mark Smith

Mark Smith lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his wife Vinnie, who is a third-grade teacher. Mark has two sons, Peter (31) and Patrick…

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Join Our Network

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.

You will be subscribed to the Iowa Advocacy Connection and infoNET e-publication to keep you informed and updated on what’s happening with Iowans with Disabilities in Action, the Iowa Legislature and opportunities to get involved.

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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.

Don't forget to check out our advocacy forum (infoNET) for information, tools, resources and opportunities you need to take action on the issues important to you.

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