Virtual Event Recordings

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

"More Money Less Problems": Learn How to Work & Keep Your Benefits

In partnership with Iowa Workforce Development, the Iowa DD Council hosted an informational webinar for self-advocates interested in learning how to get a job, work more hours at their job and keep their benefits without losing services. We were joined by Brian S. Dennis, M.S., CRC, Workforce Program Coordinator for Disability Services with Iowa Workforce Development and Melissa Boens, Medicaid Program Manager with Iowa Medicaid Enterprise on Medicaid for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MEPD).


infoNET Stakeholder Group Meeting

Bill, Amy, and Brooke talk with community members about which infoNET tools are helpful and which could be improved to best meet the needs of Iowans. 

2021 Capitol Chat Recordings

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council is hosting monthly Capitol Chat events to give 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! Watch the videos below to see what was discussed during the events. 
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from the June event.
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from the July event.
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from the September event.

IAble Webinar: Improved Accounts Flexibility, Eligibility and Benefits

The Iowa DD Council partnered with State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald's office to host a webinar about the IAble program. The ABLE Act creates a new option for qualified individuals living with disabilities and their families to save for the future, while protecting eligibility for public benefits. ABLE plans can change the way individuals with disabilities and their families participate in the community, build financial wellness, and plan for the future by empowering them to save and invest for the added expenses that come with having a disability without losing access to federal means-tested benefits.

The video below includes information about the recent changes to the law and improved flexibility with IAble accounts, what IAble is, what the IAble plan entails, program eligibility and self-certification criteria, investment options, and more!

Want to share your thoughts about the webinar? Click here to complete our short survey.

Legislative Town Hall Recordings

Find out what we discussed during our virtual town hall events! These meetings bring together council members and disability advocates from across the state to discuss key advocacy topics and share our legislative priorities. The Iowa DD Council is partnering with self-advocates to reach out to legislators, provide an opportunity to connect with local DD Council members, and help us identify new or existing areas of advocacy. 

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 

The Iowa DD Council and the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development hosted Moving Towards Change: A Virtual Celebration as part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2021. Watch the recording to hear from some of our Community Living Ambassadors about their lives, successes, and personal journeys in transitioning into community living as individuals with disabilities.

Digital Storytelling Workshop

Hosted by the Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute | Sponsored by a grant from the Iowa DD Council

During the summer, the Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute hosted a digital storytelling workshop for parents and primary caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs, including behavioral health needs.

The three-day workshop was designed to help families bring their story to life for advocacy and healing.

Explore Our Upcoming Events

Don't miss out on anything the DD Council is doing! We host a variety of events that are open to the public, and we'd love for you to join us. Take a look at everything we have coming up! 

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