This Week @ The Capitol

Read our short weekly reports from the Iowa Capitol each week during the 2022 legislative session to find out what happened that week, and what's ahead.


Capitol Snapshots

Watch this weekly video update from Bill Kallestad and Amy Campbell posted every Monday morning during the Iowa legislative session.


2022 Legislative Guide

Our Guide to the Iowa Legislature has just about everything you need to know about the Iowa legislative process and the people who are elected to work there!


Welcome to infoNET!

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council created infoNET (short for information network) in partnership with Iowans with Disabilities in Action to give you the information, tools, resources and opportunities you need to take action on the issues important to you. Our newsletter and network of resources helps advocates with disabilities stay up-to-date on current issues by:

  • Letting you know what the Iowa Legislature & US Congress are up to - and what you can do to influence their decisions.
  • Keeping tabs on the Iowa Governor’s office and state agency initiatives
  • Suggesting ways to make you more effective in your advocacy and your message powerful and persuasive.
  • Connecting you with other advocates using social media, online training, and community conversations.
  • Letting you know when there are opportunities to bring your issue to the attention of law makers and opinion leaders.

Get our policy news sent directly to your inbox or mailbox by joining Iowans with Disabilities in Action. There is no cost, and you will receive a free copy of the Guide to the Iowa Legislature. Let’s get started!


The Harkin Institute Wants to Hear from YOU!

The Harkin Institute, along with Mathmatica and the Iowa Department of Human Services, wants to hear more about how Iowans access and use community-based behavioral health, disability, and aging services. They will use this feedback to make recommendations that make the system easier to access and more equitable. They want to hear from you - learn more about how you can help!


Session Ends!

Read our end of legislative session review to learn more about what passed (and did not pass) this year.

Join Us This Summer!

2022 Youth Leadership Academy

Are you a young person with a disability who wants to learn leadership skills and connect with other young advocates? Apply now for the Iowa DD Council's Youth Leadership Academy!


Glenwood Resource Center Closing in 2024

The state has announced it will be closing the Glenwood State Resource Center in 2024. You can read more about this here.


US Department of Justice Finds Iowa in Violation of ADA

After more than two years investigating Iowa's state resource centers and system of providing services to Iowans with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), the US Department of Justice has found Iowa's system violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Get Tips to Help with Your Advocacy

Watch our short Advocacy 101 virtual training to find out how you can be your own best advocate!

About our Network

Your elected officials face very difficult choices everyday, and the decisions they make affect your life. The people representing you from the White House and Congress to your State Capitol and County Courthouse need to know your story, so they can make informed decisions. Now more than ever, it is important for Iowans with disabilities and their family members to take action.  That is why the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council created Iowans with Disabilities in Action and infoNET.  Learn more about our work by connecting with us.