Iowa Autism Council
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The Iowa Autism Council shall have and will perform functions and duties as specified by law (see By Laws). Responsibilities include offering advice, consultation and recommendations to the Governor and the Iowa legislature regarding matters concerning the Autism Spectrum Disorder population. The role of the Council members is to advise, not advocate, for an individual position. Advice means to inform, council, recommend suggest or guide. This advice is based on data, facts, evidence based practice, and good judgment.
The mission of the Council is to identify the needs, make recommendations for improving and enhancing the lives of individuals and families living with ASD. The vision of this group is that individuals and families living with ASD have a comprehensive coordinated system for diagnosis, treatment, and support so that individuals grow to live productive integrated lives in communities they choose. The Bylaws document outlines the nine areas of unmet needs that our recommendations and subsequent subcommittee work addressed. See the current recommendations for details and contact the chair or vice chair for subcommittee updates or inquiries.
Iowa Autism Council Membership
The council shall consist of thirteen voting members. The majority of the voting members shall be individuals with autism or members of their families. In addition,
- each of the following shall be represented among voting members
- Autism diagnostic and research specialists
- Individuals with recognized expertise in utilizing best practices for diagnosis intervention, education, and support services for individuals with autism
- Individuals providing residential services for individuals to autism
- Mental Health professionals with background or expertise in a pertinent mental health field such as psychiatry, psychology, or behavioral health
- Private insurers
- Teachers and representatives of area education agencies
- The departments represented below shall serve as ex officio members of the advisory council. The ex-officio members shall work together in a collaborative manner to serve as a resource to the advisory council. The council may also form workgroups to address specific issues within the technical purview of individual members.
- representatives of the department of education
- the division of vocational rehabilitation of the department of education
- the department of public health
- the department of human services
- the governor’s developmental disabilities council
- the division of insurance of the department of commerce
- and the state board of regents
The thirteen voting members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. The term of office shall be for 3 years, except those appointments made to fill an unexpired term. The three-year term begins on the date of the first scheduled Council meeting after the Governor makes the official appointment. Appointments shall be staggered terms of office to assure that new appointments do not exceed one third of the membership. Members can be appointed for two consecutive three-year terms. Ex-officio and agencies may serve unlimited consecutive terms.
Current membership lists can be viewed Here
Meeting Calendar, Agendas and Minutes
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Grimes State Office Bldg.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
June 8, 2016
March 9, 2016
November 10, 2015
September 9, 2015
June 10, 2015
March 11, 2015
November 12, 2014
September 10, 2014
June 11, 2014
November 13, 2013
September 11, 2013
June 12, 2013
March 13, 2013
November 7, 2012
September 12, 2012
June 13, 2012
April 11, 2012
January 11, 2012
October 12, 2011
June 15, 2011
April 13, 2011
January 12, 2011
November 17, 2010
October 6, 2010
June 16, 2010
January 13, 2010
November 16, 2009
October 14, 2009
July 8, 2009
April 29, 2009
January 7, 2009
October 30, 2008
The Iowa Boards and Commissions lists open positions and instructions on how to apply to be a member of the Iowa Autism Council.