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Communication Services for the Deaf
Deaf Services Unlimited supports and makes accessible a wide variety of community events, from Broadway performances, local fundraisers, rock concerts and state conferences.

Four Oaks, Inc. of Iowa
One of the largest private, not-for-profit child welfare/juvenile justice organizations in the state, serving all 99 counties from 11 Iowa cities.

Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a)
We provide information, guidance in decision-making, and assistance in finding services for yourself or your parent, spouse, relative or friend.

Iowa Compass
Iowa COMPASS is Iowa's free, statewide information and referral service for people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and other members of the community.

Iowa Department for the Blind
Offering specialized, integrated services that blind and severely visually impaired Iowans need to live independently and work competitively.

Iowa Division of Persons with Disabilities
An agency located within the Department of Human Rights. The commission is appointed 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.

Iowa Lions Club
Foster and promote sight and hearing programs around the world.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
State office that works for and with individuals with disabilities to achieve their employment, independence, and economic goals.

Olmstead Decision
This Web site reports how the State of Iowa is addressing the Olmstead Decision.
Local agencies offering recovery support and/or activities.

Relay Iowa
Telecommunications relay service in Iowa that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech disabled.

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
SHIIP can help you find answers to the important questions you have on Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long term care insurance, and other health insurance issues.

Sign Language Interpreters
Listing of sign language interpreters in the state of Iowa.

University of Iowa Center for Disabilities & Development
Provides medical care and related services, training, research, and other services to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities or special needs.

University of Iowa Law, Health, Policy & Disability Center
Concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on employment, self-determination and self-sufficiency.

Visual Arts of Iowa
An international nonprofit organization creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.


National Resources

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The federal agency responsible for programs that include Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), HIPAA, and CLIA..

Center for Personal Assistance Services
Provides research, training, dissemination and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS). Personal assistance services (PAS) refer to help provided to people with disabilities to assist them with tasks essential for daily living.

Disability 101
Helps workers, job seekers, and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits. DB101 brings together rules for health coverage, benefit and employment programs that people with disabilities use.

Disability Resources
They disseminate information about written materials, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and online services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.

HEATH Resource Center
A great consortium of collaborators have joined forces in an exciting new project to promote the best possible postsecondary options and outcomes for student with intellectual disabilities.

Job Accommodations Network
A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability-related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

Leader Dogs for the Blind
Organization committed to providing the legally blind with a means to assist them in living a full and more independent life.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
Making the connection between youth with disabilities & employment.

National Council on Disability
An independent federal agency that promotes policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Federation for the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation's largest membership organization for persons who are blind.

National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability's (N.O.D.) mission is to expand the participation and contribution of Americans with disabilities by raising disability awareness through programs and information.

Proyecto Vision
A bilingual website for Latinos with disabilities.

Senior Corps
Senior Corps is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges with Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).

Social Security Administration
Employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work.

Employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.

Information, resources, and services regarding the employment of people with disabilities.

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