Advocacy Tips

Advocacy Toolkit from Iowans with Disabilities in Action

infoNET and the entire ID Action network have the resources you need to be an effective advocate on the issues you care about. We will help you keep on top of the issues being discussed in the Iowa Legislature and in the US Congress, learn more about the issues so you can be an informed and confident advocate, and find ways to become effective advocates.

Become an Advocate

Educational Advocacy

A parent can be a child's best advocate, although everyone has the ability to become a strong advocate. To become an effective advocate, you must spend time preparing and learning important advocacy skills. Check our 10-point guide of effective educational advocacy.

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Iowa Insurance Division Consumer Advocacy

A main focus of the Iowa Insurance Division's mission is to help protect consumers and increase the understanding of insurance and securities products.

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Managed Care Ombudsman Program: Information for Members

In Iowa, the majority of Medicaid members are enrolled in IA Health Link, a program that gives members health coverage through a managed care organization (MCO). If you are enrolled in one of the programs below, then you are part of the IA Health Link managed care program.

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Telling Your Personal Story

Legislators and other public officials often hear thousands of stories every day. That's why it's important to move your personal story to the front of their mind by making it efficient and effective. To encourage systems change, personal stories need to be told in a structured way. The story we tell key decision makers must clearly communicate a purpose, and at the same time, include memorable details that keep the listener's interest long after the story is told.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal privacy law that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children's education records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules.

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Treatment Choices and Evidence-Based Practices

Families are encouraged to ask their child's doctor or provider questions about the treatment being recommended and should come prepared with a notebook to record the answers to their questions. Families should also share their values and preferences with providers.

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