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

Voter Training

Voter Training

Iowans with Disabilities in Action, a project of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, offers statewide trainings to educate Iowans with disabilities, family members, advocates, and service providers about their rights and responsibilities in the electoral process. Iowans with disabilities have an opportunity to make an impact in the upcoming election. Join us! We cover the following topics:

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Special COVID Payments and FAQ's

The Iowa DD Council has put together a publication on Special COVID Payments and information on how to use the money and other resources available to you, including guidance on financial decision making.

Special COVID Payments

Latest News

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…

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Derecho Storm Relief Grants

Derecho Storm Relief Grants  The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (The Council) is offering to fund time-limited assistance to providers…

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Absentee Voter Request Information

  REGISTER TO VOTE BY MAIL: Visit www.sos.iowa.gov, a county courthouse, a driver’s license station, or state offices serving people…

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In partnership with Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council released an updated Guide to Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa. 


Click here to access the guide