The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa VR and the Department of Human Services. The partners have a history of routinely working together on employment and transition issues and projects for youth with disabilities. Other partners include representatives from Iowa APSE, individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.

Iowa’s objectives are: Develop a Readiness for Change Plan for systems change related to integrated, competitive employment for youth with DD; develop an outcome measurement system to measure employment success; increase the placement and support services early in high school that result in uninterrupted transition to employment; develop the capacity of service providers to promote integrated competitive employment for youth with DD; increase expectations and demands for fully integrated, competitive employment opportunities for youth with DD; and align policies, practices, and funding with employment expectations.


Amy Desenberg-Wines, Project Manager
Disability Consulting, LC

Becky Maddy Harker, Executive Director
Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council
617 East Second Street
Des Moines, IA 50309


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