Amy Robasse has an MA in Disability Studies, and is a voting member of the Council. She is also a voting member on the Iowa National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Board, and a committee member of the Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA). Most recently Amy has been involved in assisting with the formation of the Iowa Coalition On Disability Inclusivity and Advocacy (ICODIA). ICODIA is a Consumer-led group whose mission is to provide leadership and advocacy training and opportunities so Iowans with disabilities can have a voice and be included in all aspects of society.
Amy is currently employed at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where she works with students with disabilities. Through her work there it is her hope to provide a safe place where young adults can discuss their disability without the fear of being judged, and learn how to become advocates for their own needs – or maybe even someday advocate for others. Her own personal experiences with disability have given her insight, compassion, and patience as she works to help others understand the disability experience and what changes need to be made to promote equality for all people, regardless of ability. She lives by the saying “Nothing About Us Without Us” and hopes to teach others the importance of this mantra.