Welcome to the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Website 

Iowa DD Council

The Council's Mission

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


Learn More About What We Do

DD Council Goals and Plans

5-Year State Plan

The DD Council is putting 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 what you think about our objectives. 

See the 2022-2026 Plan

Upcoming Events

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. 

See All Upcoming Events

Capitol Chats

Our Capitol Chats are continuing through the summer! Join us for our next events in June and July to learn more about what happened during the end of the legislative session and how you can continue your advocacy efforts. 


Make Your Mark! Conference 

The seventh annual Make Your Mark! Conference is taking place in person on September 15-16, 2021. Click the button above to learn more about this year's event! 

COVID-19 Resources

Vaccine Information

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. 

Download the PDF
211 COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Assistance

211 Vaccine Appointment Assistance

211 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.

Special COVID Payments and FAQs

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 Explore More Resources

Webinars: Stay Informed & Connected

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. 


Click here to access the guide

Latest News

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…

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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…

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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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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. 

ID Action infoNET