Complete List of FY2017 Areas of Focus

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.