DD Council

Iowa DD Council Mission

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (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

Townhall Advocacy Grants

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is excited to offer grant funds to local advocacy groups that are led by people with disabilities! These groups should have a plan to take action in their community by hosting a town hall meeting with elected officials and encouraging Iowans with disabilities to be advocates on disability-related issues.

Activities of grant recipients must be non-partisan and support individuals with disabilities in developing relationships with their elected officials.

Click the button below to download the application and learn more!

Download Grant Application

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. 

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2022 Summer Youth Leadership Academy

Summer is coming and so is the Iowa DD Council's Youth Leadership Academy!

WHAT IS YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (YLA)? YLA is an intro to learning leadership skills for youth with disabilities. The training consists of five 2-hour sessions. All sessions will be held virtually and are FREE to all participants. YLA is provided by Access 2 Independence, ASK Resource Center, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, and UI Health Care Center for Disabilities and Development.

WHAT WILL STUDENTS LEARN? The five themes include leadership, goal-setting, self-determination, civic engagement, plus networking, and mentoring. All sessions will be interactive.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND? There are two statewide training sessions during the week—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. YLA is for students ages 14–21. Each session will consist of 8–12 students from Iowa communities. After the interview process, After the interview process, selected students will be assigned to the AM or PM session. (Attempts will be made to honor specific requests.)


Apply Today!
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Capitol Chats

Each month, we're hosting a Capitol Chat event that gives you an opportunity to hear our public policy manager and policy analyst 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, August 26th at 11 AM! We hope you'll join us.

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DD Council Goals and Plans

Creating Change: 2021

Every year, we reflect on everything we've accomplished in the past 12 months. We've put together a year in review report and the first edition of our annual magazine, Creating Change, to highlight the events, resources, and advocacy opportunities that were offered during the past year. 

2021 Year in Review Creating Change Magazine

5-Year State Plan

The DD Council has put together a plan that outlines our goals for the next five years. Since originally forming our plan, we have made a few updates to our goals and objectives. Our work has not changed, but now we have provided more clarification about what we aim to achieve.

See the 2022-2026 Plan
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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

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

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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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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