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Persons with Disabilities  
  The Commission
  Iowa Office
of Persons with Disabilities
  (888) 219-0471(V/TTY)
(515) 242-6119 (fax)
  email: dhr.disabilities@
Lucas State Office Building Second Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Welcome to the Iowa Division of Persons
with Disabilities

The Division of Persons with Disabilities is an agency located within the Department of Human Rights. The Commission was established in 1965 by the Iowa Legislature.The 8-member commission is appointed by the Governor to equalize opportunities for full participation in employment and other areas of the state's economic, educational, social and political life for Iowans with disabilities. Through education, advocacy, referral, technical assistance, legislative action and special projects, we work to achieve these goals.

All services are in compliance with all state and federal civil rights laws.

EDRN logoEmployer's Disability Resource Network

Assistive Tax Credit (Iowa Code 422.11E, 422.33(9) and 261 IAC 66)

Contact the Iowa Department of Revenue for more information

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NEW!--Applications for the 2014 Iowa Youth Leadership Forum is now closed.


Click here to watch the YLF promotional video oYouTubeLogon YouTube.

What will happen at the forum?

Wanted: Future Community Leaders

picture of YLF logoThe Division of Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department for the Blind and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is sponsoring a leadership training program for students with disabilities. Approximately 40 sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities will be selected. Students will be diverse in disability, gender, ethnicity, and geographical location.

What kind of students participate in the Youth Leadership Forum?

Young People Who Have Disabilities and Who...

  • Demonstrate Leadership Potential
  • Demonstrate Involvement/Interest in Extracurricular Activities (such as Sports, the Arts, or Music)
  • Demonstrate Community Involvement
  • Demonstrate the Ability to Interact Effectively with Other Students

What will happen at the forum?

  • Share information on choosing careers, history or disability culture, assistive technology for independence;
  • Identify existing barriers to personal and professional success and develop plans to deal with those barriers;
  • Develop a "Personal Leadership Plan";
  • Interact with others with similar Hopes and Dreams.


  • Young people with disabilities will become employed and self-sufficient;
  • Young people with disabilities will be knowledgeable about resources available to them to become successfule adults;
  • Young people with disabilities will be exposed to professionals with disabilities who are recognized leaders and role models.


Transportation cost to and from the forum may be waived in special circumstances. No other expenses.

  • Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities will pay for the following appropriate expenses:
    • lodging
    • food
    • accommodations for student delegates to attend including but not limited to: interpreters, alternative format materials, personal care attendants
    • scholarships based on need to defray travel expenses to the forum

Exciting, fun, educational five-day leadership training program includes: tour of the State Capitol, meeting with community leaders with disabilities, and hearing from speakers.

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disabled man

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