Advocacy means speaking out about issues that you care about and offering your opinions and suggestions for improvement to the people who make decisions about change. An effective advocate communicates and negotiates with decision-makers about their interests, needs, and your rights.

An effective advocate also speaks out to help others and to increase the public’s awareness of issues that affect people with disabilities. They work to change rules and laws that they keep them from being included and sometimes they even become decision-makers themselves.

Whether you’ve been speaking up for a long time or are just beginning to find your voice, we want to help. And we’ve put together a variety of resources to help you be the best advocate that you can be.

Advocacy Trainings

Advocacy trainings will provide you with the resources and tools you need to effectively deliver your message. The trainings will include an overview of the legislative process, message development, building momentum in your community and how to effectively reach out to your legislators.

Townhall Advocacy Grants

Local groups of individuals with disabilities, family members, friends and advocates with an interest in supporting and encouraging Iowans with disabilities to get involved in advocacy are eligible to apply for a townhall advocacy grant! With these grants, Iowans can host a townhall meeting with elected officials and encourage others to become advocates for disability-related issues. Click the button below to learn more and download the application form.

Download Grant Application