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Iowa Office
of Persons with Disabilities

  Lucas State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Des Moines IA 50319
  (888) 219-0471(V/TTY)
(515) 242-6119 (fax)
  email: dhr.disabilities@

Client Assistance Program

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is mandated in each state in order for that state to receive federal rehabilitation funds. This program is a 100% scales of justicefederally funded formula grant program.

In Iowa, the Office of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Human Rights, had been designated by the Govenor to operate CAP for the past 20 years. Federal law requires that the program be operated outside of the rehabilitation agencies it monitors. In Iowa this includes the Department for the Blind,Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and the seven centers for independent living and rehabilitation agencies they contract with for client services. The program operates on the federal fiscal year ending September 30.

Over the past fiscal year one disability consultant provided CAP services. CAP provides the following services to Iowans with disabilities:

  • Advise and inform clients and applicants of all services and benefits available to them through programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended (Act);
  • Assist and advocate for clients and applicants in their relationships with programs authorized under the Act;
  • Inform individuals with disabilities in the State of Iowa, especially those who have traditionally been unserved or underserved, of the services available to them under the Act and under Title I of theAmericans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Provide representation on the State Rehabilitation Council;
  • Advocate for systems change in agencies funded under the Rehabilitation Act to improve services to Iowans with disabilities.






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