Disability Rights IOWA aims to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities and mental illness. We promote safety, opportunity, access, and self-determination for all Iowans through a program of:
Self-advocacy education, information and referral
Legal and systems advocacy
Our legal and systems advocacy aims to resolve major issues called priorities. View our
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DRI is primarily funded through grants from federal agencies. Communications from DRI, including text, audio, or video used for advertising or educational purposes, including emails or internet postings, are printed, published, or produced and disseminated at U.S. taxpayer expense.
Lawsuit Challenges Iowa Law Banning Schools from Requiring Masks
3 Sep 2021
Des Moines, Iowa — Eleven parents of children with disabilities and Iowa disability rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit …
Disability Rights Iowa is proud to announce our Benefits Planning services have expanded!
13 Jul 2021
Our Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) services now cover all of Iowa and several counties in Northwestern Illinois! …
Update on Boys State Training School Monitoring
16 Feb 2021
2021.02.01 – PRESS RELEASE – C.P.X. v. Garcia – First Monitor’s Report 2021.02.14 Dkt. 386 Initial Monitor’s Report
DRI Work Related COVID 19 Response
16 Nov 2020
Starting March 16, 2020 and until further notice, DRI staff have been encouraged to work from home. During this time …
Disability Justice for People of Color
31 Aug 2020
Visit DRI’s new resource page https://disabilityrightsiowa.org/disability-justice-for-people-of-color/
Know Your Rights Regarding the CARES Act and Stimulus Money
21 Apr 2020
Know your rights regarding the CARES Act and stimulus money
FAQ from Parents of Children in Special Education During COVID 19
21 Apr 2020
Disability Rights Iowa has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help parents of children in special education with …
For Immediate Release: Federal Judge Holds Iowa Liable for Violating Constitutional Rights of Children in State Detention
30 Mar 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Children’s Rights—Camilla Jenkins, 646-216-3311, firstname.lastname@example.org Disability Rights Iowa—Annie Matte, 515-278-2502, email@example.com Ropes & Gray LLP—Jeanne Hoff, 312-845-1228, Jeanne.Hoff@ropesgray.com …
Journey Forward: A Resource Guide for Iowa Farmers with Disabilities
10 Dec 2018
DRI has worked in collaboration with Easter Seals, IVRS and ICASH to make a resource guide for farmers with disabilities.
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