Happy New Year 2022!Monday, January 17, 2022
Welcome to our first 2022 issue of infoNET, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council newsletter that brings you the latest news from our State Capitol. We have a few changes we wanted to talk about in this first issue.
- infoNET will now come out four times a year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Our next issue (Spring 2022) will be in March. It will be sent out by mail and email, depending on how you signed up to get it.
- A new weekly emailed report – called This Week at The Capitol – will go out every Monday during the legislative session. That’s every week, instead of the every-other-week schedule in 2021. This will start up next week. If you are not getting infoNET by email and would like to get these weekly reports, you can sign up here.
- A new weekly videotaped report from the Iowa DD Council’s public policy manager Bill Kallestad and infoNET writer Amy Campbell (called Capitol Snapshot). This short video (5 minutes) will talk about the big things that happened that week at the Capitol. So if you don’t have time to read the weekly report, or you just like to get your news a different way, we’ll post this YouTube closed-captioned video every Monday morning. You can see them here.
- New updated tools are now on our website – infonetiowa.org. You can find the updated Guide to the Iowa Legislature, new Advocacy Toolkit, and an easier to use Bill Tracker.
- Monthly zoom Capitol Chats will continue this year, giving advocates quick updates and a time to connect with each other and ask questions.
- A virtual ADVOCACY 101 session on January 28: Advocates can grab their lunches after our January 28 Capitol Chat and join Iowa DD Council’s public policy manager Bill Kallestad to learn more about how to tell your story and make change. The training will follow the January 28 Capitol Chat at 12:15 p.m. – but you need to register here to participate.
We want to make sure infoNET is readable, accessible, and covers the issues important to Iowans living with disabilities and their families. Five Iowans have volunteered their time to help form our first ever infoNET Editorial Board. They will give us ideas on the issues to cover and let us know when we miss the mark so we can do better the next time. Special thanks to these great advocates for sharing their time and ideas with us!
KRISTIN ALLER is a self-advocate from Cedar Rapids. She is a member of the Iowa DD Council and a strong advocate for Iowans living with disabilities.
BOB BACON retired as director of the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development and worked in Washington DC on the House Committee on Education and Workforce.
CARRIE MALONE is the DHS legislative liaison and has a law degree. Before joining DHS, she was the lead health and human services staff person in the Iowa House of Representatives.
ROB ROOZEBOOM is a self-advocate, businessman, motivational speaker, and much more. He lives in Sheldon and is currently on the Iowa DD Council. You can listen to his story here.
LISA YUNEK is a parent advocate and business owner from Mason City. You can listen to a podcast she did on parent advocacy here and a video she did on her daughter’s vaccine decision here.
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