Welcome to the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Website
Iowa DD Council
The Council's Mission
The DD Council will work to create change with and for persons with developmental disabilities so they can live, work, learn and play in the community of their choosing.
Our purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration and inclusion in all parts of community life. We achieve this through engaging in advocacy, capacity building and system change activities.
We envision an Iowa where all people with developmental disabilities and their families are fully included in communities they chose.
The Iowa DD Council is federally funded through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
Keep #LookingForward with COVID-19 Vaccine Support
Individuals with disabilities are often at higher risk of illness because of underlying health conditions. In order to help keep Iowans healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, we've put together resources to give you more information and support so you can feel confident about receiving the vaccine.
Explore the resources on our website, and follow along on social media for ongoing information.
We want to keep #LookingForward to healthier days ahead!
DD Council Goals and Plans
Townhall Advocacy Grants
Iowans with Disabilities in Action is offering grant funds to local advocacy groups that are led by people with disabilities who have a plan to take action in their community by hosting a townhall meeting with elected officials. These events should also be intended to encourage Iowans with disabilities to be advocates on disability-related issues. Click the button below to download the application and learn more!
5-Year State Plan
The DD Council is putting together a plan that outlines our goals for the next five years. We've identified some of the things we think are most important, but we'd also like to hear from you! Read our plan and let us know what you think about our objectives.
Wondering what types of events we host? Browse our list of upcoming events to find out! We have many of great opportunities to learn more about what the DD Council does and gain tips and information to enhance your advocacy efforts.
Make Your Mark! Conference
The seventh annual Make Your Mark! Conference is taking place in person on September 15-16, 2021. Registration is now OPEN. Don't miss out on our exciting lineup of speakers for this year's event—click the button below to sign up today!
Webinars: Stay Informed & Connected
Community Ambassador Advocacy Stories
In partnership with Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council released an updated Guide to Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa.
Five Iowa Developmental Disability Transportation Grants Awarded
AMES, Iowa – Feb. 24, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a total of $113,330 in Iowa Developmental Disability…Read More
Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Releases 2021 State Legislative Priorities
Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Releases 2021 State Legislative Priorities DES MOINES, Iowa, (January 2021) – The Iowa…Read More
Explore Our Other Organizations
To further our efforts of increasing awareness and creating opportunities throughout Iowa, the DD Council developed the Iowans with Disabilities in Action program. This is a nonpartisan, statewide initiative dedicated to generating greater civic and political participation among people with disabilities.
We also created an advocacy forum called infoNET, to provide information, tools, resources, and opportunities to help you take action on the issues important to you.