Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

As Iowa's University Center for Excellence on 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 goals for the next year include:


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Increase the number of Iowans with disabilities, family members, and advocates prepared to participate in development and evaluation of policies and programs affecting their lives, and who are advocating effectively for policies that promote their independence, productivity, and full community inclusion. Learn more about self-advocacy opportunities.

Family Support

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Advance state policies and strategies that support families of people with disabilities, emphasizing model services such as family to family mentoring. Learn more about family support resources.

Inclusive 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 inclusive community living.

Health Initiatives

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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 initiatives.

Employment First Initiatives

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

Learn more about the national UCEDD network.