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          I am Able Iowa Radio/Podcast

OPPORTUNITY The Arc of Iowa has been given an opportunity to take over an existing Radio Show produced by and for people with disabilities.   The Able Up Foundation, formally the Able Foundation of Iowa created the "The I Am Able IOWA Radio Show".  The Foundation has struggled to remain viable over the last few years, has split up their functions and would like to spin off all of its programs.  The service that makes the most sense for The Arc of Iowa to assume is this radio show/podcast.  The show streams globally and has a radio presence in the Ames region.  Enclosed is extensive support information for you to look at that will help you have a better understanding of what the show has been doing, and a proposal to make the show financially successful.  Currently there is no cost to operate this show, however I think it could be monetized to help the Arc raise funds, awareness and expand our digital presence across Iowa.  


About the Show: The I Am Able IOWA is a radio program produced by the Iowa Able Foundation/Able Up IOWA.

 The I Am Able IOWA presents issues, stories, and information about disabilities. Program topics include disability etiquette, service animals, accessibility issues, specific disabilities, mental health, and interviews that facilitate learning, engaging, and connecting with listeners.

The I Am Able IOWA radio program broadcasts live on the first and final Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:00am. During the first show, Daniel made a powerful statement that he understood why we were doing the show – so that he, who was diagnosed as autistic at an early age, and that his family were not alone in their journey – and that has been a theme that has tied all of the programs together.

About Daniel Heddendorf/Co-host, I Am Able IOWA Daniel Heddendorf is a writer, actor, and radio host. He was a former D/J. at 88.5 KURE, studied at the Iowa State University. He has said about the show: “It’s not about starting a conversation, but expanding on it. Asking questions, clearing up misconceptions, realizing where we can improve in terms of our own behavior. If those who tune in do the same, the show has the potential to improve everyone’s lives.”