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

Iowa DD Council Legislative Priorities

The Iowa DD Council is urging lawmakers to support policies that increase community options and services, while also building the capacity of the community to support all individuals with disabilities. The Council’s 2021 Legislative Priorities are in response to that:

Legislative Priorities Annual Report

COVID-19 Vaccine

Download our flyer to learn more about whether you should consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine and find out what to expect during the vaccination process. 

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Webinars: Stay Informed & Connected

Upcoming Events

Join Us for Capitol Chats!

Each month, we're hosting a Capitol Chat event that gives you an opportunity to hear our public policy manager and lobbyist talk about the issues you care about. This is a great chance to get expert advice, listen to special guests, and find out what’s happening at the Capitol! Click the button below to register today. 
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Moving Towards Change: A Virtual Celebration

March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a virtual event! Join us via Zoom on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. CST to hear from our Community Living Ambassadors for an interactive discussion on their lives, successes, and personal journeys in transitioning into community living as individuals with disabilities. Click the button below to learn more and register today!

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Special COVID Payments and FAQs

The Iowa DD Council has put together a publication on Special COVID Payments and information on how to use the money and other resources available to you, including guidance on financial decision making.

Special COVID Payments

Latest News

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…

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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…

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Iowa DD Council Urges Governor Reynolds to Reconsider her Position on Mask Mandate

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council submitted the following letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.    Dear Governor Reynolds, The…

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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. 


Click here to access the guide

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. 

ID Action infoNET