Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD)

100 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA, USA


The Center for Disabilities and Development, part of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, provides comprehensive health care and services to people with disabilities and to their families through a combination of outpatient, inpatient, and community-based programs. The center provides information, evaluation, treatment recommendations, and training.
Information resources include the Disabilities Resource Library, InfoTech, and Iowa COMPASS.

The center also serves as Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities (UCED) and provides pre-service and inservice training programs, technical assistance, and information sharing to assist individuals, families, communities, and government agencies in promoting the independence, productivity, and community inclusion of people with disabilities. The University Center for Excellence on Disabilities works not only in the areas of health and education, but also in self-determination, employment, housing, and other community supports.

Services:

  • Disability Resource Library
  • Community Supports and Services
  • Clinical Services
  • University Center for Excellence on Disabilities
  • Outpatient Services

Eligibility:

Individuals with developmental disabilities

Intake Process:

Call 877-686- 0031 or email disability-resources@uiowa.edu for details.
To schedule an appointment call 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Payment:

Private Insurance, Hawki, Medicaid

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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Newborn screening for sickle cell anemia and other hemoglobin disorders is mandatory in Iowa. The Iowa Newborn Metabolic Screening program provides newborn screening services for the state. The Hemoglobinopathy Comprehensive Care Program offers education and treatment for babies identified through newborn screening and other individuals with known or suspected sickle cell disorders, thalassemia, or other hemoglobinopathies. The program works with the family and their local physician. Staff of the Hemoglobinopathy Program are available, on request, to assist with in services and/or community education activities related to blood disorders.

Services:

  • Diagnostic and confirmatory testing
  • Resource and referral
  • Education
  • Genetic counseling in conjunction with the Regional Genetics Consultations Service
  • Consultation
  • Follow-up

Eligibility:

Any person, newborn to adulthood, with a known or suspected sickling disorder, thalassemia, or other hemoglobinopathy is eligible.

Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm or call for additional information.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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Program: Iowa COMPASS

Iowa Compass connects people with disabilities and complex health-related needs to services and supports in their communities throughout Iowa.

Services:

  • Information and referral for the following service types:
    • Assistive Technology Services
    • Educational Supports
    • Employment Services
    • Facility-based Services
    • Financial Assistance
    • Individual Supports
    • Information/Helplines
    • In-home Services
    • Living Settings
    • Networking
    • Recreation
    • Transportation

Eligibility:

Open to anyone.

Intake Process:

You may get in touch with Iowa Compass by phone (800) 799-2001, e-mail, text, chat, in-person, or by mail. If you reach the answering machine, please leave a message.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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The Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) connects families to supports and services for their child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their local communities. RAP team members who work with families are:

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs)
  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Family Navigators (FNs) (family members of a child or youth with special health care needs)

RAP teams are committed to ensuring that Iowans 0-21 years with ASD have access to care coordination services and family to family support.

Services:

  • Standardized screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities
  • Navigating the education system
  • Exploring insurance coverage and payment options for Applied Behavior Analysis and other needs
  • Communicating with diagnostic facilities and healthcare providers
  • Finding an advocacy or family support group
  • Connecting to ASD resources and information
  • Listen to your concerns and share experiences

Eligibility:

Iowa’s children, youth and their families who have concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or have an ASD diagnosis.

Intake Process:

Families can call RAP at 1-866-219-9119 ext 2 or email RAP at Iowa-RAP@uiowa.edu
Providers are encouraged to refer patients to RAP by completing a referral form available at: http://www.chsciowa.org/docs/CHSC-RAP-Referral-Form.PDF

Hours:

Call for hours

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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