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The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion.

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Once In A Lifetime Legislative Session

Posted on 23 June, 2020 at 11:20 Comments comments (25)

Policy and Advocacy Summary and Update

The Arc of Iowa Advocacy Committee

June 24, 2020

In August 2019, I was excited to be asked to become The Arc of Iowa policy and advocacy liaison. My own personal journey involving my daughter, Katie, sealed that this was a match...

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Welcome to The Arc of Iowa Policy Committee

Posted on 6 January, 2020 at 9:15 Comments comments (28)

First Report to The Arc of Iowa Network –

By Julie Beckett

Hello, although the legislative session is still just days away, as your policy/advocacy liaison, I want you to know we are already laying the foundation to work on the 2020 goals. The policy committee has designed a process to ...

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Arc Advocacy - Direct Support Professional Crisis

Posted on 14 November, 2019 at 7:30 Comments comments (1)

Direct Support Professionals are the backbone of publically funded long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. These professionals are integral to helping individuals with disabilities live successfully in the community, avoid more costly institutional care, and enable states to comply with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


According to the N...

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Arc Advocacy - Managed Care Organizations

Posted on 4 September, 2019 at 18:40 Comments comments (118)

The Arc of Iowa Board of Directors and I would like to thank Liz Matney for taking the time to meet with us, listen to concerns over issues relating to the implementation of Managed Care and how it is affecting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  The Arc of Iowa is an advocacy organization that supports individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and we have been hearing that their are many challenges in the system from our local members. ...

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Posted on 29 May, 2019 at 8:15 Comments comments (310)

Together We Can Conference

The conference was held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and presented by ASK Resource in partnership with The Arc of Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council, University of Iowa Center for Disabilities & Development.

Opening remarks & keynote introduction was given by a family with three children, one who is deaf. It was inspiring to hear of their goal to make sign la...

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Posted on 28 May, 2019 at 13:15 Comments comments (294)

Attention: Exhibitors! We have started planning for our 2019 Make Your Mark! Conference taking place in Coralville, Iowa. The Iowans with Disabilities in Action Make Your Mark! Conference is targeted at Iowans with disabilities who want to be more involved in advocacy at a local, state or federal level. While we anticipate parents and family members, caregivers and direct support staff, service providers and others affected by disability will attend the conference, the primary target audience...

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