Iowa’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) was created in response to a federal law, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. The purpose of the law is to assure that people with developmental disabilities and their families help design and have access to necessary services, supports, and other assistance.
The DD Council is a federally funded state agency that advocates for the development of services and supports so that Iowans with developmental disabilities can make choices and take control of their lives. The Council is made up of 20+ volunteers who represent Iowans with disabilities, family members, service providers, state agencies, and organizations concerned with developmental disability issues.
The DD Council promotes the development of a coordinated system of services and supports that provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to be independent, productive, integrated, and included in their communities.