Iowa Specific Resources

Participating in Iowa's Legislative Process 2024

This document provides Tools for Understanding Proposed Legislation in the State of Iowa.

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Iowa Community Resource Guide

This guide is designed as a resource to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and their guardians and family members, in finding the information and supports they may need. It may also be helpful to stakeholders throughout the Iowa service delivery system to better identify and address gaps in resources, or otherwise assist persons living at Woodward or Glenwood State Resource Center or in the community in accessing needed services and supports. Please share this guide with anyone who may benefit from its contents.

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Iowa Department for the Blind

Empowering blind Iowans to be gainfully employed and live independently.

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Iowa School for the Deaf

The Iowa School for the Deaf provides resources and opportunities for Iowa students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Even if your child is not enrolled at ISD, families can take advantage of the resources available on this site.

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Iowa Hands and Voices

Iowa H&V is a parent-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are unbiased about communication and believe that families will make the best choices for their child

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Easterseals Iowa | Lending Library

The Lending Library is a great way to make sure a product works for you before making a purchase. It is free to all Iowans and five items may be checked out at a time for up to 30 days.

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Autism Society of Iowa

The Autism Society of Iowa provides advocacy, support and information to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families, professionals, and communities throughout the state of Iowa.

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The ARC of Iowa

The ARC connects people with disabilities, their families, professionals, and other supportive individuals in local communities to create hope, growth, and change. Find your local chapter or create one in your community.

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Assistive Technology Consultation

The Iowa Reading Research Center strives to improve the literacy skills of all students through research with students, professional learning for educators, and technical assistance for school districts.

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Iowa DD Council

The Iowa DD Council works to create change with and for persons with developmental disabilities so they can live, work, learn, and play in the community of their choosing.

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Decoding Dyslexia

Decoding Dyslexia Iowa is a grassroots movement driven by Iowa families and professionals concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within our schools

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Epilepsy Foundation Iowa

The Epilepsy Foundation Iowa provides programs and services that support people and families impacted by epilepsy. With the strength of a national organization and network of epilepsy experts, EFIA provides national scope and local impact.

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Military OneSource

Military OneSource from the Department of Defense is your 24/7 gateway to trusted information, resources and confidential help. When MilLife happens, it’s your “first line of support” — giving service members and military families tools to stay well and thrive.

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Iowa Compass

Iowa Compass connects people with disabilities and complex health-related needs to services and supports in their communities throughout Iowa.

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Iowa Disability Resources and Advocacy Organization

If you live in Iowa and are a person with a disability, learning about state-specific resources to support people with disabilities can help you advocate for yourself. If you are a friend, family member, or caregiver of a person with disabilities in Iowa, these resources can help you in supporting your loved one.

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Disability Rights Iowa

DRI helps Iowans with disabilities with their disability rights issues. If we cannot help, we will try to find someone who can help. DRI helps adults and youth with disabilities. DRI does not have an income limit, citizenship, or language requirement to qualify for help. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

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NAMI Iowa is an organization of families, friends, and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. The site includes support groups for individuals with mental illness and fo family members, as well as Fact Sheets, training opportunities, and information on a variety of topics related to mental health.

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Brain Injury Alliance

The mission of the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research, and support.

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Iowa Safe Schools

Iowa Safe Schools provides comprehensive support and resources to LGBTQ youth, educators, administrators, and helping professionals, and the families and community members of LGBTQ youth.

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 is the National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline, similar to dialing 911 for an emergency. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the service.

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