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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@


1. Assessment and Guidance:
Technical Assistance, information and referral are available concerning matters of employment, housing, accessibility, transportation, education, programs and services. The public and private sector may get assistance with voluntary compliance with various state and federal regulations including receiving no cost/low cost solutions to removing architectural barriers. All services are free of charge.

Customers include:

  • Employers;
  • Iowans with disabilities;
  • State and local governments;
  • Services providers; and
  • Public and private entities.

2. Awareness Training:
Members of the Commission and staff accept opportunities to speak to groups interested in disability awareness. Subjects include:

  • Employment;
  • Awareness/Sensitivity/Diversity training;
  • Accessibility of programs, services and facilities;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Rehabilitation Act; and
  • Other related subjects.

The division maintains a resource library of publications and videos pertaining to persons with disabilities. Videos may be borrowed by interested groups or individuals. All publications are free of charge.

3. Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) and College Leadership Forum (CLY) for students with disabilities:
A five-day leadership training program held during the summer for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities and...
a four-day forum for college juniors and seniors and Vocational/Technical students with disabilities.

The purpose of the YLF is:

  • Encourage and empower students to reach their goals;
  • Educate about available resources;
  • Introduce professionals with disabilities and mentors;
  • Develop leadership skills;
  • Employment and Self-sufficiency.

The purpose of the College Leadership Forum is:

  • Students with disabilities in college or post secondary programs will become encouraged and empowered to reach their employment goals;
  • Students with disabilities in college or post secondary programs will be knowledgeable about resources available to them to become successfully employed adults;
  • College students with disabilities will be exposed to professionals with disabilities who are recognized leaders and role models;
  • College students with disabilities will become employed and self-sufficient as they transition into the workforce.

For more information, please visit the CLF Page.

4. State Access:
This program is a partnership with The Iowa Department for the Blind and Deaf Services Commission of Iowa. The project promotes an ongoing effort to support the employment and retention of persons with disabilities within state government. This program also ensures that goods and services provided by state government are readily accessible to the entire general public. Other outcomes for this program are:

  • The percentage of employment for persons with disabilities in state government will be equal to or greater than their counterparts in private employment;
  • The process of applying for state employment will be made accessible;
  • Reasonable accommodations will be applied on the job;
  • Emergency evacuation procedures will be in place for persons with disabilities;
  • State employees will be more aware and sensitive to disability issues; and
  • Goods and services will be available in alternate formats.

5. Client Assistance Program:
The Iowa Client Assistance Program (ICAP) is a program designed to help people who are seeking or receiving services from an agency funded by the Rehabilitation Act. Information is provided on all available services under the Act and under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act to any individual with disabilities in Iowa. Some examples of agencies and programs include but are not limited to:

  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Department for the Blind
  • Projects with Industry
  • Independent Living Programs

If you are having problems in your relationship with any of these agencies, instead of becoming upset, frustrated or just giving up, turn to the Client Assistance Program for help. ICAP can help you understand the law, regulations, and procedures of those agencies.

ICAP acts independently of agencies in protecting your rights under the Rehabilitation Act and Under Title I of ADA. At your request, we will be available to serve you.

All services are free of charge and are provided statewide. All services are in compliance with all state and federal civil rights laws.

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