Partner Guest Article: Easterseals Iowa

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  Easterseals Iowa has been providing exceptional services for over 90 years. Our mission is to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs, and...

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Make Your Mark! Conference 2021: “Be a Game Changer!”

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  This year will mark the seventh annual Iowans with Disabilities in Action Make Your Mark! Conference. The last six conferences brought together Iowans with...

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DD Council Member Spotlight: Carol Cross

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  As a parent of a daughter with physical disabilities, I spend a good amount of time advocating for her. We almost daily meet with challenges for accessibility...

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month - “Moving Towards Change: A Virtual Celebration"

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month. The purpose of National Developmental Disability Awareness Month is to raise awareness about...

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Iowa DD Council Releases 5-Year State Plan

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

We believe all Iowans with disabilities, as well as their families, should be included in the communities where they choose to live. To achieve this...

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Special COVID-19 Payments and Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

WHAT IS THE SPECIAL PAYMENT I AM RECEIVING? The federal government approved special payments to spend any way you want to help the country during the...

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Iowa DD Council Virtual Legislative Town Hall Meetings

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Iowa DD Council is partnering with self-advocates to reach out virtually to legislators, provide an opportunity to connect with local DD Council...

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Iowa DD Council Hosts Capitol Chats

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

In 2020, we held monthly calls during session to give advocates an extra opportunity to find out what's going on and get advice from lobbyists...

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Five Iowa Developmental Disability Transportation Grants Awarded

Thursday, February 25, 2021

 AMES, Iowa – Feb. 24, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a total of $113,330 in Iowa Developmental Disability Transportation Grants to five Iowa public...

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Chasing Happiness: Guest Article from Community Living Ambassador Michael Gillette

Monday, December 21, 2020

  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 a rocky path. I suffered a traumatic brain injury, meaning I had to learn how to walk again, basically...

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month Virtual Event

Monday, December 21, 2020

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services facilitated...

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Amber Gale: Iowa DD Council Member Spotlight

Monday, December 21, 2020

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 heart defect,...

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Brady Werger: Community Living Ambassador Feature

Monday, December 21, 2020

“Hi, my name is Brady Werger. I am 28 years old and live in a waiver home in Glenwood, IA. I came to live at the Glenwood Resource Center, an intermediate...

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COVID Recovery Iowa

Monday, December 21, 2020

Do you have feelings of anxiety, loneliness, frustration or loss? COVID Recovery Iowa can help. We are here to listen and offer support to people...

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Make Your Mark! 2020 Virtual Conference Recap

Monday, December 21, 2020

Thank you for joining us for the Make Your Mark! 2020 Virtual Conference brought to you via Zoom webinar. Sessions this year focused on developing...

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Legislative Town Hall Meetings

Monday, December 21, 2020

The Iowa DD Council wants to hold a virtual townhall meeting in your area! This legislative session, we will look to host and participate in virtual...

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Partner Guest Article: Iowa Department on Aging

Sunday, August 30, 2020

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 accessible, integrated services to older adults, adults with disabilities and...

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

Sunday, August 30, 2020

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

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DD Council Member Spotlight: Mark Smith

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Mark Smith lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his wife Vinnie, who is a third-grade teacher. Mark has two sons, Peter (31) and Patrick (26). “I am honored to join the...

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Voter Training and Education Grant Opportunities

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Iowans with Disabilities in Action, a project of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, offers statewide trainings to educate Iowans with...

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Partner Guest Article: Iowa Compass

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Iowa Compass provides information and referral services to all Iowans with disabilities and complex health conditions. We are based at the University of Iowa...

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  This year will mark the sixth annual Iowans with Disabilities in Action Make Your Mark! Conference. The last five conferences brought Iowans with...

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DD Council Member Spotlight: Hugh Kelly

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    I have been a member of the DD Council since 2016. I found out about the DD Council from Rik Shannon, the Council's public policy manager at the time,...

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NAMI Resources on Social Isolation: What You Can Do

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during this time. It may be especially hard for people who already manage feelings of anxiety or emotional distress....

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Special COVID Payments

Friday, May 15, 2020

  WHAT IS THE SPECIAL PAYMENT I AM RECEIVING? The federal government approved a special payment to people to spend any way you want to help the country during the...

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Look Out for Your Absentee Ballot Request Form in the Mail!

Monday, April 27, 2020

          Secretary Pate is encouraging Iowans to vote by mail in the June 2 primary to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.   If you...

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