Core Functions

The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) is Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). As a member of the national network of 67 UCEDDs, CDD shares the vision in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. CDD partners 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 services on which they rely. We do this through:

Pre-Service Training

We prepare university students in related professions to provide exemplary services to persons with disabilities. Learn more about our pre-service training.

Community Training and Technical Assistance

We educate policy makers, service providers, and other community members on topics related to health and disability; we provide assistance to state and community agencies/providers to help them build their capacity and improve systems of care. Learn more about our community training and technical assistance.

Clinical Services and Direct Community Supports

We provide diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic interventions for children and adults with disabilities at CDD or in the community. Learn more about our clinical services and direct community supports.

Research and Information Dissemination

We engage in clinical studies, program evaluation, and analysis of public policy; we connect persons with disabilities, family members, providers and others to information and resources they need. Learn more about our research and information dissemination.