About the DD Council


To create change with and for persons with developmental disabilities so they can live, work, learn and play in the community of their choosing.

Iowans with disabilities and their families are fully included in communities of their choice.

What is a Developmental Disability?

A developmental disability is a disability that manifest during the developmental years (before age 22) and have a significant ongoing impact on an individual’s life. Examples of a Developmental Disability include but not limited to autism, intellectual disability and cerebral palsy. For the federal definition of Developmental Disability please refer to the  Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act