Able Up Iowa

Our Mission & History

"I was able to get help from Able Up Iowa." - Kelly





Our Mission

Able Up Iowa helps people of all abilities become independent by providing solutions to financial needs and empowering them to achieve their financial goals.




Why Able Up Iowa?

Assistive technology can get very expensive, and many items are not covered by insurance. This often leaves low-income Iowans with disabilities without the equipment or accommodations they need to live independently.




This led a dedicated team from Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) to establish Able Up Iowa in 1993.


Outreach and Growth

In the following years, Able Up Iowa was able to serve thousands of individuals from across the state, reaching 55 of Iowa’s 99 counties. However, we knew that in order to serve as many Iowans as possible, we needed to continue evolving our programs.




In 2019, Able Up Iowa collaborated with community experts and partners from across the state to strategically develop plans for growth.


Vision into Action

After receiving a substantial grant in 2020, Able Up Iowa was able to put the program enhancements envisioned in 2019 into action.  Able Up Iowa launched the Financial Solutions and Financial Empowerment programs. These programs work hand in hand to provide Iowans with long-term financial support.




Able Up Iowa embarked on a new partnership with Iowa Community Capital, also a non-profit alternative financial institution.  ICC is dedicated to helping underserved Iowans get access to capital for small business development.  Since the inception of this partnership, we have been able to expand our lending program significantly, almost doubling our loans in one year.


Our Roots Run Deep

Since the beginnings of Able Up Iowa, every year has brought new opportunities for enrichment. However, one thing will always stay the same: Able Up Iowa is unwaveringly dedicated to providing Iowans of all abilities with our very best financial care and support.



We believe every Iowan deserves the opportunity to to live independently.

Here are three ways you can help.



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