Iowa Advocacy Connection | 2018, Issue 2

Issue 18, 6/27/2018

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We’d Like to Introduce You to Our New Look!

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Welcome to the new Iowans with Disabilities in Action. After 16 years, we decided it was time for a new look, so we took off on a rebranding journey to bring a fresh, new look to the organization and create a logo that better represents our mission.

Over the years, the focus of Iowans with Disabilities in Action has evolved. The new logo visually represents the mission of the organization: to move Iowans into action. The circular upward graphic represents the idea that the organization is supporting Iowans with disabilities to stand up and take action — from voting in elections to advocating for themselves and engaging in their communities.

We still plan to bring you the same helpful information, resources and support but with a new look, as you can see reflected in this Iowa Advocacy Connection issue. This also means our website,, has a new look too. We hope this updated layout gives you a more pleasing experience across all of your devices. If you experience any issues or think we’re missing something, let us know here or by calling 866.432.2846.

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IDDC Names New Executive Director

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council is happy to announce Brooke Lovelace Hundling will be joining the Council as executive director.

Lovelace comes to the Iowa DD Council from the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, where she was a program coordinator of Iowa’s Money Follows the Person program. 

“We are excited to welcome Brooke to the Iowa DD Council. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of disabilities program implementation,” said Steve Crew, chair of the Council. “Brooke’s leadership will further our Council’s effectiveness in the creation of innovative practices to provide greater community access for individuals with developmental disabilities. It will also help us continue to establish effective networks for collaboration.”

Upon her arrival to the Council, Lovelace looks to gain an understanding of the Council’s top priorities and help make progress on its five-year goals of advocacy and system change. “I believe now, more than ever, it is so important that people with disabilities and their families have the tools, resources and knowledge to successfully advocate and take action to create change so they can live the lives they want,” said Lovelace.

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It’s Time to REV UP!

National Disability Voter Registration Week is coming up July 16-20. This is a national effort to make the DISABILITY VOTE more influential. This effort, known as the REV UP Campaign, has designated this week as National Disability Voter Registration Week in advance of the November elections. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

This is a big year for the Iowa elections. The November general election will determine our governor, executive officers, all four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 25 of our state Senators and all 100 of our state Representatives.

Get involved with the REV UP Campaign by hosting a disability voter registration drive in your community. We are here to help you. We will provide you with information, training and materials to help you prepare to register and educate as many people as you can. Contact us by clicking here or calling 866.432.2846 to start planning a voter registration event in your community.

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2018 Make Your Mark! Conference

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We are excited to return to Honey Creek Resort for the 2018 Make Your Mark! Conference, our annual self-advocacy conference for Iowans with disabilities, on September 27-28.

What can you expect this year? We are focusing on Living Your Best Independent Life with session topics such as finances, cooking and employment, just to name a few. With the general election happening just a little over a month after the conference, we will dedicate Friday to civic and political education and welcome back one of our favorite political correspondents, Dave Price.

We also have a big secret we’ve been dying to tell you…Thanks to a one-time, anonymous sponsorship, we are able to offer FREE* conference registration for up to 150 individuals with disabilities, family members and direct support professionals accompanying a participant!

If you would like to join us for the conference, you can book your room now. Call Honey Creek Resort at 641.724.1450 and let them know you are with the ID Action Make Your Mark! Conference to make your reservation at our discounted rate of $92.00 + tax and fees. Room rates are guaranteed through Saturday, August 11, 2018.

You can register online for the conference starting Thursday, July 5. We hope to see you in September!

*We are not able to cover other conference expenses such as travel and hotel. You must register in advance; walk-ins/day-of registration will not be accepted. Attendance will be limited to 150. If you are no longer able to attend after you register, please contact our office immediately to notify us so we can adjust our numbers or offer the spot to someone who may be waitlisted. Registration rates still apply for professionals not providing direct care support.

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State Sweep

Iowans with Disabilities in Action is hitting the road and will visit all 99 counties in Iowa over the next two years. We will visit communities throughout Iowa to increase awareness of how we can support Iowans with disabilities and their allies to achieve their goals. Ultimately, we want to get to know you and you to get to know us.

We hope to make the most of each visit by talking with Iowans who are affected by disability, community organizations, partners, elected officials and members of the community.

More information about the State Sweep project will be posted on our website on July 23. We will start taking requests to schedule visits to communities at that time.

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Mark it on Your Calendar

July 5, 2018 — MYM Registration Opens

July 16-20, 2018 — National Disability Voter Registration Week

August 11, 2018 — MYM Room Block Reservation Deadline

September 25, 2018 — National Voter Registration Day

September 27-28, 2018 — Make Your Mark! Conference

November 6, 2018 — Election Day


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