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Posted on: March 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Dubuque County Disabilities and Mental Health Needs Survey 2022

We want to know what your experience is relating to living with disability and/or mental health issues in Dubuque County. So we can do better.


The survey is live as of March 21 and will close April 30th.

This survey is being conducted by the Dubuque County Mental Health and Disabilities Department as a project of the Dubuque County Disabilities Council. Sponsored by Dubuque County and the MH-DS of the East Central Region.  This effort aims to capture information on what key disability issues are from the perspective of our county residents.

The information we hope to collect is completely anonymous.  We are looking for input from people living in Dubuque County.  We cannot track who participates in this survey.  

Surveys will be available online and in paper form. We will be using the findings to inform the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, community members, the systems of care related to people with disabilities, and their work in the future. The results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Supervisors and the public.  If you need a paper form, please call 563-589-7870.

Project Purpose 

We wish to identify challenges that people with disabilities and their families face in Dubuque County.  This may include barriers such as accessibility, access to services, access to education and employment, social barriers, and other barriers that people answering this survey may identify. The survey contains questions about who you are, the services you or your family member/person you work with or care for may use, and your opinions on living in Dubuque County with a disability. 

Definition of Disability

The definition of “disability” that we use is based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. 

Many disabilities include physical or mobility disabilities, intellectual/cognitive disabilities, developmental disabilities, hidden disabilities, neurodiversity disabilities, sensory disabilities, and mental health or brain health disabilities. Individuals that identify as intersectional with multiple diverse issues in addition to a disability or disabilities are also included.  People with these and other disabilities not named here, their families, caregivers, close friends, and professionals in the service system are welcome to participate in this survey.

Information Use and Dissemination

Our final report and analysis of the data will be published. As we are not asking for any names in the survey, respondents of the survey will remain unidentified throughout this process.  We will share the findings with Dubuque County Board of Supervisors and the public. 

We will also be conducting several small focus groups to add context to the information we collect in the survey. If you are interested in taking part in the focus groups, please email Ann Cameron Williams.

Paper copies of this questionnaire can be provided in large print and easy read formats, as well as in Spanish and Marshallese languages upon request.  

Many thanks for your time in taking part in this effort to better understand issues that are important to the people of Dubuque County.

Link to the Survey
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