Upcoming DD Council Events

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.)


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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 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!


Join us on Friday, June 24th at 11 AM for the next event.

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2022 Capitol Chat Calendar

Friday, June 24th at 11 AM | Register

Friday, August 26th at 11 AM | Register


Please note: These dates are subject to change.

2022 Make Your Mark! Conference

Knowledge is a Superpower: Make it Yours!

This year, our focus is on sharing information to strengthen and empower you in your advocacy efforts. MYM! sessions are designed to help you gain the knowledge needed to become superheroes for yourself and your community.
Want to learn more and find out how you can become an exhibitor or sponsor? Click here!
Would you like to be considered to be a presenter? If so, click here to apply.
DATE: September 14-15, 2022
LOCATION: The Meadows Events & Conference Center at Prairie Meadows
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Watch Recordings of Past Events

We've hosted some great events that we're excited to share with you! Watch the recordings from some of our recent virtual meetings and discussions so you can stay up to date with what we've been doing. 

Watch Event Recordings