Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

As Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) shares the vision of "a life in the community for everyone." We partner with Iowans with disabilities, their family members, providers, state and local agencies, and many others to improve the health and full community participation of persons with disabilities, and to advance the community supports and services on which they rely. We work towards our goals through University training, community training, technical assistance to state and local agencies/organizations, clinical services and direct community supports, research and policy analyses, and information sharing.

Our main areas of emphasis are:


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Foster the financial self-sufficiency of Iowans with disabilities by building Iowa’s capacity to promote integrated, community-based employment outcomes. Learn more about Employment.

Health & Wellness

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Increase the number of Iowans with disabilities who have access to quality services that improve their health and health-related independence.  Learn more about Health & Wellness.


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Support the education of people with disabilities to prepare them to advocate for their independence, productivity, and full community inclusion. Learn more about Education

Community Living

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Build the capacity of Iowa communities to support the independence and full inclusion of people with disabilities.  Learn more about Community Living.


Learn more about the AUCD & UCEDD Network.