With the transition of program support for the former ID Action Youth Advisory Board to CYC, the youth decided it was time for a name change. The name they created is the Iowa Disabilities Group (IDG).
IDG is specifically designed for young people in central Iowa ages 14 through 22 who have experience with a disability or care about disability issues. Membership is free and new members are always warmly welcomed!
The group meets monthly at the CYC office where they discuss and create ways to become engaged in their communities through service, advocacy, networking and social activities. All activities are driven by the ideas and insights of the youth!
ENGAGE in service and volunteer opportunities, chosen by the group, throughout the community
LEARN self-advocacy skills and have opportunities to practice these skills
HAVE FUN with peers through bowling, Wii and pizza parties, community events, and other activities as decided by the group
FORM strategies on how to engage youth with disabilities
CREATE awareness by sharing our unique abilities with other youth and adults by working together on projects, presenting at events, and making our own videos
For more information, email IDG’s Coordinator or call us at 515-243-4292.
This resource guide can help parents and youth who are transitioning to life after high school navigate the various resources available to them. The guide is published by the Polk County Transition Advisory Council.
ID Action Focus Groups
In 2009, CYC conducted nine focus groups with youth who have disabilities from across the state to understand the barriers they face in their community. Sponsored by ID Action, this work will help agencies create better ways to meet the needs of this diverse group of students. This has been a truly powerful project as we have heard from students with various disabilities about the struggles they face every day, as well as their overwhelmingly positive perspectives on life.
Please e-mail us if you would like a synopsis of this project’s results.