THE SPIRIT OF INCLUSION
March 1 marks the first day of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). The Iowa DD Council, in partnership with Iowans with Disabilities in Action, has created a campaign entitled “The Spirit of Inclusion”. This campaign aims to create awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in their communities.
“The Spirit of Inclusion” campaign highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month creates the opportunity for everyone to spread stories and share resources highlighting all of the excellent work being done.
Do YOU have a story about inclusion to share? How has “The Spirit of Inclusion” impacted your life? Tell us all about it! #TheSpiritOfInclusion #IowaDDAwareness20 #DDAwareness20
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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 State Plan Survey
Every five years our Council writes a State Plan. We want to hear from you! If you are a person with a disability, a family member of a person with a disability or an advocate for people with disabilities please answer a few questions for 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.
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 www.sos.iowa.gov or call 1-888-SOS-VOTE to find out what forms of identification are acceptable.
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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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