Welcome to the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) website



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. To find out more about this Bill please go to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act

COVID-19 Resource Guide

Many people with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (the coronavirus). The Iowa DD Council has put together resources to help you better understand COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and those in your community. 



COVID-19 Resources

Iowa DD Council State Plan Survey

Every five years our Council writes a State Plan. We want to hear from you! If you are a person with a disability, a family member of a person with a disability or an advocate for people with disabilities please answer a few questions for us.

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Latest News

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Information Packet for Iowans with Disabilities

    Download an information packet below developed by and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. What's…

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2020 State Legislative Priorities

    Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Releases 2020 State Legislative Priorities DES MOINES, Iowa, (January 2020) – The Iowa…

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Iowa DD Council Annual Report

The Iowa DD Council is pleased to present their  2019Annual Report. To view this report click here. 

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In partnership with Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council released an updated Guide to Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa. 


Click here to access the guide