DD Council

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


Learn More About What We Do

COVID-19 Resources

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! 

Explore Vaccine Resources

DD Council Goals and Plans

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2022 Legislative Priorities

As the legislative session begins, we are excited for the continued opportunity to make Iowa a better place for people living with disabilities. We have developed our 2022 legislative agenda, which we hope will help us create change with and for individuals with developmental disabilities so they can live, work, learn, and play in the community of their choosing.

Download Our Legislative Agenda Watch Legislative Open House

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!

Download Grant Application

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. 

See the 2022-2026 Plan

Upcoming Events

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. 

See All Upcoming Events

January Capitol Chat

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!

The next Capitol Chat is coming up on Friday, January 28th at 11 AM! We hope you'll join us.

Register Now
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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. 


Click here to access the guide

Latest News

Iowa DD Council’s Statement on U.S. DOJ Findings on Iowa Violating Title II of the ADA

DES MOINES, Iowa (December 2021) — The Iowa Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council is highly concerned with the U.S. Department of…

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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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Explore Our Advocacy Projects

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. 

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