Although our areas of focus may change from year to year, we are always dedicated to helping people with disabilities and mental illness. A full printable version of Disability Rights Iowa’s FY2017 Areas of Focus can be found here.
ABUSE AND NEGLECT: KEEP IOWANS WITH DISABILITIES SAFE
Abuse and Neglect 1: Reducing abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in facilities
Abuse and Neglect 2: Reducing abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in home and community-based services settings.
ACCESSIBILITY: ENSURE ACCESS TO SERVICES AND PLACES
Accessibility 1: Expanding the access of individuals with disabilities to public and private transportation in the State of Iowa
Accessibility 2: Enforcing the right of individuals with disabilities to have equal opportunities to access state and local government services, programs and activities.
Accessibility 3: Enforcing the right of individuals with disabilities to places of public accommodation, including but not limited to auditoriums, convention centers, lecture halls, or other place of public gathering.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: IMPROVE FUNCTIONING
Assistive Technology 1: Increasing assistive technology and services for individuals with disabilities in facilities and home and community based settings
COMMUNITY LIVING: PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF IOWANS TO LIVE IN THE MOST INTEGRATED SETTING
Community Living 1: Increasing the options of adults who want to live in the community rather than facilities to successfully transition to the community.
Community Living 2: Increasing the opportunities of adults on home and community-based service waivers, in settings where services are received 24 hours a day, to live and work in the community, have control over daily life decisions and choose what services they receive and who provides them
EDUCATION: PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Education 1: Keeping students with challenging behaviors in school all day and assisting them in making adequate progress in the curriculum.
Education 2: Expanding the special education knowledge and skills of Iowa attorneys and law students
Education 3: Implementing transition plans that will enable individuals with disabilities to live in the community as independently as possible.
EMPLOYMENT: REMOVE BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT
Employment 1: Assisting individuals who want to move from sheltered work to competitive integrated jobs.
Employment 2: Stopping employment discrimination because of a disability and remove barriers to work.
Employment 3: Providing planning and assistance to Social Security beneficiaries who want to return to work, but not lose their benefits.
GUARDIANSHIP: INCREASE ALTERNATIVES TO FULL GUARDIANSHIPS
Guardianship 1: Reducing the number of Iowans with unnecessary or overly restrictive substitute decision makers.
HEALTHCARE: PROTECT ACCESS TO LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS
Healthcare 1: Overseeing the managed care system to ensure that Iowans are receiving long-term care services and supports.
HOUSING: INCREASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Housing 1: Enforcing the rights of people with disabilities to have equal access to housing.
JUVENILE JUSTICE: IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUTH ADJUDICATED DELINQUENT
Juvenile Justice 1: Reducing the use of restraint and seclusion in out-of-home placements for adjudicated youth
Juvenile Justice 2: Increasing compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) in out-of-home placements for adjudicated youth
Juvenile Justice 3: Expanding community integrated service options for youth adjudicated delinquent
PRISONS AND JAILS: PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF INCARCERATED IOWANS
Prisons and Jails 1: Reducing abuse and neglect of inmates with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or traumatic brain injuries in prisons and county jails.
Prisons and Jails 2: Increasing the number of reasonable accommodations or modifications of policies and procedures for inmates with disabilities in prisons and county jails.
VOTING: INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Voting 1: Eliminating inaccessible residential caucus sites and making sure that reasonable accommodations are provided to caucus participants with disabilities at all caucus sites
Voting 2: Increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in elections.