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State Sweep VisitsTuesday, November 12, 2019
Iowans with Disabilities in Action is hitting the road and hoping to visit all 99 counties in Iowa over the next two years. Unfortunately, state-level organizations are perceived as inaccessible to those living with disabilities outside the Des Moines area. The organization is determined to change that perception by visiting communities throughout Iowa to increase awareness of how individuals with disabilities and partners can rely on the organization to achieve their goals.
Iowans with Disabilities in Action visited Burlington, Iowa, and Mid-Prairie School District in Wellman, Iowa, this past month to share resources, answer questions and make new connections. Both visits were paired with a screening of Intelligent Lives, a film by Dan Habib. Iowans with Disabilities in Action staff led discussions on needs in the community and the resources available. Mid-Prairie School District hosted several families from the school district whose children are living with developmental disabilities. Dinner was provided by the high school’s special needs program, managed by Amy Shalla, Mid-Prairie’s special education director.
Over the last 16 years, Iowans with Disabilities in Action has developed a wide variety of resources and information to help Iowans become more engaged and effective advocates for change. These resources are free and available to anyone who is interested. Iowans with Disabilities in Action continually develops and creates new resources based on the needs of Iowans. The organization’s goal is to come away from each visit with a better sense of what living in various communities is like with a disability — the good and the bad — and what resources individuals may need to live as independently as possible.