Development of the State Plan is ongoing. Council members and Council staff gather information from other organizations and from Federal, State and private reports that address the needs and status of Iowans with disabilities. The Council solicits input from a variety of sources, including state agency representatives, Iowans with disabilities, family members of Iowans with disabilities, service providers and other advocates. Input is used to determine needs of Iowans with disabilities in life goal areas identified by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Those life goal areas are education, employment, health, housing, community support and self-determination.
The Council then determines Iowa’s highest priority areas to address in the State Plan. The Council writes goals and objectives and identifies strategies to achieve measurable results. Strategies may include the development of demonstration projects, advocacy training programs, public policy, public awareness campaigns and the dissemination of pertinent information. Strategies may also include activities for which no specific funds have been allocated. For example, Council members and staff participate in forums, on committees, in work groups; develop written materials and responses; meet with legislators and collaborate with other organizations, which often yields positive results for Iowans with disabilities.