Welcome to the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) website
The 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. To find out more about this Bill please go to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
Current Goals and Plans
5-Year State Plan
The DD Council has put together a plan that outlines our goals for the next five years. We've identified some of the things we think are most important, but we'd also like to hear from you! Read our plan and let us know if you have any suggestions, and join our listening post events for further discussion.
The Iowa DD Council is urging lawmakers to support policies that increase community options and services, while also building the capacity of the community to support all individuals with disabilities. The Council’s 2021 Legislative Priorities are in response to that:
Have You Received the COVID-19 Vaccine?
We want to know how accesible the COVID-19 vaccine is to people with disabilities in Iowa. If you faced any challenges scheduling an appointment or are still having trouble accessing the vaccine, let us know. Please take a few moments to complete our short poll.
Download our flyer to learn more about whether you should consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine and find out what to expect during the vaccination process.
211 Vaccine Appointment Assistance211 is now helping individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities, as well as their caregivers, schedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. If you're having trouble making an appointment, call 211, press 1, then press 9, and a vaccine navigator will assist you.
Webinars: Stay Informed & Connected
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.
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.
Five Iowa Developmental Disability Transportation Grants Awarded
AMES, Iowa – Feb. 24, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a total of $113,330 in Iowa Developmental Disability…Read More
Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Releases 2021 State Legislative Priorities
Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Releases 2021 State Legislative Priorities DES MOINES, Iowa, (January 2021) – The Iowa…Read More
Iowa DD Council Urges Governor Reynolds to Reconsider her Position on Mask Mandate
The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council submitted the following letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Dear Governor Reynolds, The…Read More
Explore Our Other Organizations
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.