Filed under "In the News"
More articles »

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, and it sounded interesting to me. I really didn't know much about how to seek out and speak up about issues surrounding me and others with developmental disabilities. The DD Council has helped me learn how to be a better self-advocate. My favorite part about being on the Council is learning about all the events, activities and causes they take part in.   

I also like participating in and volunteering at the annual Make Your Mark! Conference that DD Council helps put on in conjunction with Iowans with Disabilities in Action. It is always filled with a wide variety of speakers and activities. One thing I am looking forward to most is continuing to help with the Council's upcoming five-year plan to assist with the various activities and resources they conduct to help people with developmental disabilities learn to be self-advocates. I want to help them promote, speak up and learn about resources to address issues they may face. I am looking forward to this year's Make Your Mark! Conference in September. It is always an interesting and fun event.

I like to spend time outdoors when I can. I like gardening, grilling and going on occasional walks. I also enjoy fishing, camping and watching sports on television. I am an avid Iowa Hawkeyes football and men's basketball fan. I was a little disappointed when all major spring basketball tournaments were cancelled, but I enjoyed seeing all of the former Iowa Hawkeyes that were selected in the recent NFL draft. I also like to play video games. I enjoy my pets. I currently have a ginger cat named Jerry and a black cat named Ginger (pun intended). I enjoy their company, and they enjoy my company and each other’s as well. I am an easygoing person who enjoys life to its fullest.