Iowans with Disabilities in Action

Iowa Advocacy Connection 2014 Issue 2

Issue 2, June 03, 2014

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Iowa Self-Advocacy Conference

Conference LogoJoin us at the 2014 ID Action Self-Advocacy Conference in October!

We have all heard the expression “make your mark,” but what does it really mean?  Ray Kroc made his mark when he opened his first McDonald’s restaurant and changed the way the world eats; the Wright brothers made theirs with the invention of the airplane, which changed travel forever.  Jessica Elg is making hers in the community of Spencer where she lives, volunteers, and fundraises; and Adam Reynolds is making his as an ex-officio ambassador in Des Moines’ East Village. Whatever mark you make, it means you have had an impact and something is different because you were here.  

ID Action is a nonpartisan project that promotes the active civic and political engagement of Iowans with disabilities—people like Adam and Jessica and their 300,000-plus peers.  Our first ever self-advocacy conference will provide an opportunity for Iowans with disabilities to learn and grow as advocates and agents for change.

Who Should Attend: Iowans with disabilities who want to make a difference in their community or state!

Registration Information: Registration for the conference is now open, on the ID Action website. Click Here to Register

Register on or before Wednesday, September 3, 2014, to receive the early bird discount. Individuals with a disability: $100 (Early Bird: $80); Direct Care Provider/Family member attending with an Individual with a disability: $100 (Early Bird: $80); Professional: $200.00 (Early Bird $175.00); Other: $200.00 (Early Bird $175.00). To make a hotel room reservation, click here or call (319) 688-4000. 

If you are interested in exhibiting, click here for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

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Personal Story - Dan Dague

Dan DagueThe passion that Dan Dague has for his community is inspiring. Since graduating from Maquoketa High School in 1987, Dan has dedicated his life to being an active member of his community and giving back.  Dan is a board member of the Maquoketa Area Chamber, serves on the county fair board, is involved with Knights of Columbus, helps coach the high school basketball team and raises money for the booster club.  

Dan has worked at Jackson Manufacturing for several years and enjoys working in the community.  Dan has also worked for 27 years for DAC, where he is a jack of all trades and works multiple jobs including recycling, operating paper shredding machinery and filing metal pieces used in Lenox air conditioners. With support from staff at DAC Dan has been able to get involved and participate in all of the activities that he enjoys in the community.

Dan has been a member of the Jackson County Fair Board Association for four years. He enjoys working with the staff and other board members to make events at the fairgrounds fun for the community. Dan says, “I like it, I work very hard for Lanny, my fair manager…every time we do something…we get it done.”  If you attend the Jackson County Fair you will be sure to find Dan either working the beer stand or talking with fairgoers, making sure their visit is an enjoyable one.

After Dan graduated from high school, he began to help out with the boys’ basketball team.  He now serves as an assistant coach with responsibility for filming all of the home and away games.  Dan was recently recognized as Coach of the Year. The Maquoketa School board also recognized Dan for all he has done for their community by awarding him a lifetime pass to all home sporting events. He attends as many as he can. 

Dan is also active within the business community as a member of the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee. One of his favorite activities is to welcome new businesses to the community and present them with a plaque from the chamber. Tom Devine, executive director of the chamber, said that Dan has had a huge impact on the community and his passion and involvement is inspiring to everyone.

“I love the town and I love it good.”   - Dan Dague

 Click the image below to hear Dan's story!

Dan Dague YouTube

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ID Action Regional Advocacy Coalition Grant Recipient

ID Action awarded the United-Coalition of Adaptive Inclusive Recreation (U-CAIR) a Regional Advocacy Coalition grant for 2014. U-CAIR is a network of educators, recreation therapists,  community service providers and those with disabilities in the Quad Cities area.  As a grant recipient U-CAIR is working to connect area residents of their region with opportunities to get involved in their communities and to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance of the needs of individuals with disabilities. Find out more information about U-CAIR at http://ucair.weebly.com/.

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Voter Training

The 2014 general election will be here before we know it, and it is time to start preparing now. ID Action offers the Make Your Mark Voter Training to inform and educate Iowans with disabilities about the election process. The training focuses on assisting participants to overcome barriers to voting and provides the opportunity to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and become comfortable with Iowa’s election equipment. If you are interested in hosting a training in your community, please contact ID Action at 866-432-2846 or contactus@idaction.org.

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Session Recap

The 2014 Iowa Legislative session ended on May 2, 2014. Legislators hoped to end the session before the 100-day deadline but in the end went 10 days over. The Legislature passed a balanced budget that increased funding for Regional Mental Health/Disability Services and added $6 million to take people off the growing HCBS waiver waiting lists.

The governor had 30 days to take action on all legislation passed by the Legislature in the final days of the session and on Friday, May 30th he signed the remaining bills including several important budgets.  While the Governor did choose to veto appropriations in several of those budget bills, the $6 million for HCBS waivers was approved.  Visit infoNETiowa.org for more detailed information on what was (or was not) included in those budgets and other important legislation.

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12 Steps to Advocacy

In each issue, we continue to share with you steps to become a good self-advocate. Next are steps 9 & 10.  To view all 12 Steps to Successful Advocacy, please visit www.advocacyuniversity.org.

Step 9: Keep It Short & Simple.

  • Be courteous and respectful.
  • Be brief, concise, and to the point. Be informative and truthful.
  • Be positive – always make your case without being critical of others.

 

Step 10: Support Those Who Support You.

  • Join organizations sympathetic to your cause. Support candidates who support you.
  • Do not take traditional friends for granted.
  • Never write off a legislator just because of party affiliation. Don’t make enemies – you might need them in the future.

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Elections: Why You Should Care

As we head into the general election we will soon be overwhelmed with campaign calls, emails, mailings and knocks on our doors from candidates or their representatives wanting to talk with us about why we should vote for them. Many of us, instead of answering the phone, reading the mail or talking with candidates, choose to ignore these “intrusions” and go on with our everyday lives. When we do this and ignore the information in front of us, we are missing valuable opportunities to have a voice and participate in a process that has a huge impact in our lives. We allow others to speak for us. So this year, during the 2014 general election, we challenge you to engage in the important process of electing our leaders by learning more about the candidates and talking with them about issues important to you.  Then you can make an informed decision when heading to the polls in November.

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