Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council

Reference List of Resources for Iowans with Disabilities, their Family Members and Service Providers



Information and referral program linking Iowans to general health and human service programs for the public.


Phone: 2-1-1     Text: 898211


The Arc of Iowa

A statewide advocacy organization of parents and others representing people with intellectual and other disabilities. Chapters throughout Iowa offer a variety of services dedicated towards advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


114 S. 11th Street   Des Moines    50265

Phone: (515) 508-1214


ASK Resource Center

Parent training, information, and advocacy center for families of children with special needs across the state of Iowa


5665 Greendale Dr., Suite D   Johnston   50131

Phone: 800-450-8667   or   (515) 243-1713



Autism Society of Iowa

Advocacy, support and information organization of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families, professionals, and communities throughout the state of Iowa.

P.O. Box 65311  West Des Moines   50265

Phone: (888) 722-4799 or (515) 327-9075 E-mail:


Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

State wide organization representing Iowans of all ages with brain injury, their families and friends. Services include Neuro Resource Facilitators, Support Groups, Tote Bags, Education and Training, Case Consultations and Legislative/Policy Advocacy.


Phone: (855) 444-6443 or (515) 274-9757



Center for Disabilities and Development,

University of Iowa Healthcare

As Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) promotes the independence, productivity and community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities through a broad range of health care, training, technical assistance, and information sharing activities.


100 Hawkins Drive. Iowa City  52242-1011

Phone: (877) 686-0031 or (319) 353-6900


Disability Resource Library

DRL collections focus on information for, by, and about people with disabilities. Materials come in a variety of formats -- books, DVDs, training curricula, software, and assistive technology. About 60% of the materials you'll find in the DRL are not found in any other SILO (State of Iowa Library Organization) library. You can borrow materials in person or by mail.


Phone: 800-272-7713 or (319) 356-1345



Disability Rights Iowa

Protects the human and legal rights of people with physical disabilities and mental illness in Iowa (formerly Iowa Protection & Advocacy).


400 East Court Avenue  Suite 300  DSM  50309

Phone: 800-779-2502 or (515) 278-2502



Easter Seals Iowa

Easter Seals is a community-based organization that provides programs, advocacy, education and support to people who have disabilities, their families and communities.


State Offices  401 NE 66th Ave  DSM  50313

Phone: (515) 309-1300

Easter Seals Assistive Technology Center

Easter Seals Iowa hosts Iowa’s Assistive Technology Program that provides AT demonstration services, AT device loan and a reuse/listing program.


Phone: (866) 866-8782 or (515) 309-2395

TTY: (515) 289-4069 E-mail:


Epilepsy Foundation Iowa

Statewide organization serving those living with seizure disorders and epilepsy, caregivers and professionals in all 99 counties of Iowa.  Programs and services include:  Seizure Recognition & First aid education programs for a variety of audiences, support groups, information and referral to resources, scholarships to attend epilepsy youth camp, an annual family caregiver conference, advocacy and much more.


1111 9th Street, Suite 370  DSM  50314 Phone: (515) 238-7660

200 Hawkins Drive, 2162 RCP   Iowa City  52242

Phone: (319) 359-8682




Newsletter produced by the Iowa DD Council as a resource for information on legislative policy related to people with disabilities.


Phone: 866-432-2846  TTY/TDD: 866-432-2847



Iowans with Disabilities in Action

Iowans with Disabilities in Action is the Iowa DD Council’s non-partisan statewide political action campaign to encourage Iowans with disabilities and their families to more fully exercise their democratic rights and responsibilities.


Phone: 866-432-2846  TTY/TDD: 866-432-2847


Iowa Able Foundation

Provides low interest loans for assistive technology, home modifications and credit building purposes.


130 S. Sheldon Ave #201  Ames 50014

Phone: (888) 222-8943   or (515) 292-2972  

Iowa Association of Community Providers

An association of agencies providing a variety of services to Iowans with disabilities.


7025 Hickman Rd, Suite 5   Urbandale  50322

Phone: (515) 270-9495 F


Iowa Compass

Iowa Compass has information about programs and services for Iowans with disabilities their families and service providers.   Access thousands of local, state and national programs for people with health-related conditions and disabilities.  Call, email, chat, text or search the website for answers to your disability-related questions.


Phone or text: (800) 779-2001



Iowa Department on Aging

Serves as a focal point for needs and concerns of older Iowans.


510 East 12th, Suite 2  Des Moines   50319-9025

Phone: (800) 532-3213 or (515) 725-3333

Lifelong Links – Iowa’s Aging and Disability Resource Center

Phone: (866) 468-7887


Iowa Department of Education, Family and Educator Partnership

The FEP provides services and supports for families who have children with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and the educators who teach them in school.


Grimes State Office Building   Des Moines   50319-0146

Phone: (515) 242-5295 or (515) 281-5265


Iowa Department of Human Rights

Office of Persons with Disabilities

Provides individual assistance in areas of advocacy and dispute resolution through their Client Assistance Program. Also provides assessment and guidance to Iowans with disabilities in the areas of employment, education, physical access, housing, transportation, etc.

 Lucas State Office Building   Des Moines    50319

Phone: (800) 652-4298 or (515) 242-6172    

TTY/Voice: (888) 219-0471

Email: F

Iowa Department of Human Rights,

Iowa Office of Deaf Services

Provides information and advocacy services for Iowans who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who serve them. Information about topics including but not limited to: local, state and national deaf and hard of hearing organizations, communication access, and other agencies

 Voice/TTY: 888-221-3724 or (515) 281-3164  Email:

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Community Action Agencies

Addresses issues facing low-income families by bringing resources to the community level and link state and federal programs with 17 existing Community Action Agencies and other community based organizations across the state to effectively serve elderly, disabled and low-income Iowans.

 Phone: (515) 242-5655


Iowa Legal Aid -Provides legal services to low-income Iowans

 1111 Ninth Street, Ste 230  DSM  50314

Phone: 800-532-1275

Legal Hotline for Older Iowans: 800-992-8161


Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Works with individuals with disabilities to achieve their employment and economic goals.

 Phone: (800) 532-1486 or (515) 281-4211

TTY: (800) 735-2942


National Alliance on Mental Illness – Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs

Provides support and information to families, friends, and individuals with a mental illness.

 3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite 226  DSM  50310

Phone:     (855) 622-4692 or (515) 254-0417



Social Security Administration

(Federal government) Offers assistance on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).     Both provide a minimum monthly income in the form of cash payments to qualified persons who meet income and disability eligibility requirements. 

 Phone: (800) 772-1213   TTY: (800) 325-0778


Statewide Independent Living Council

State connection to Iowa’s six Centers for Independent Living (CIL). Centers provide services in areas of information and referral, peer support, independent living skills development, individual and systems advocacy and transition services. 

 Phone: (877) 466-7442 or (515) 282-0275


United Spinal Association – Iowa Chapter

Information and support programs for Iowans with spinal cord injuries or disorders, including families, caregivers and professionals. Services include recreational and social events.

 7625 Goodman Drive Urbandale 50322

Phone: (515) 554-9759  Email:


* - Denotes projects supported by the DD Council