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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.

IAC By-Laws Operating Procedures 2008 (Revised 2012)

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,

  1. 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
  2. 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.

Iowa Autism Council Membership List

Meeting Calendar, Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Location:
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Grimes State Office Bldg.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

November 14, 2018

September 12, 2018

June 13, 2018

March 14, 2018

November 8, 2017

September 13, 2017

June 14, 2017

March 8, 2017

November 9, 2016

September 14, 2016

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

Legislative Reports

2017 Iowa Autism Council Priorities

2016 Iowa Autism Council Priorities

2014 Iowa Autism Council Priorities

2013 Iowa Autism Council Priorities (December 2012)

2012 Iowa Autism Council Priorities

2011 Iowa Autism Council Priorities

2009-2010 Iowa Autism Council Recommendations

Other Reports/Briefs

Report - Iowa Students with Autism: Who are they, how are they served, and are they achieving? (October 2012)

2012-08-12 IAC Letter to Govenor regarding the Expansion of Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

AMCHP Issue Brief (February 2012)

AMCHP Issue Brief (December 2009)

Apply for the Iowa Autism Council

The Iowa Boards and Commissions lists open positions and instructions on how to apply to be a member of the Iowa Autism Council.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 25, 2018 at 5:47am.