People with disabilities face at least the same risk as the general population of developing illnesses and health conditions that can further affect their independence. Regular and timely preventive health care is as important as specialty care for children and adults with disabilities. For people with disabilities to get the full benefit of health care services, the physical environment and equipment used for diagnosis and treatment must be fully accessible and the program must appropriately accommodate individuals with all types of sensory, physical, communication and mental disabilities. The ADA has brought about many improvements in access to health care services, but more needs to be done. CDD collaborates with a variety of state and national partners to improve access to health services for Iowans with disabilities through the following projects.
Iowa Initiatives Assisted by CDD
- Iowa Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Project – An early intervention program to support the development of hearing screening programs in hospitals, area education programs and Early Headstart programs.
- Iowa Healthy Child Development Initiative – Promotes actitivies the provide early identification and interventionf for children at risk of disabilities.
- Iowa Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Agreement – A resource for providers to learn about screening tools and protocols.
- Iowa Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council – An independent state body that is responsible for facilitating the development of collaborative initiatives, analyzing policy and advising the Governor and Iowa General Assembly about state priorities for the prevention of primary and secondary disabilities.
Programs Run by CDD with Funding from State or Federal Partners
- CDD Clinic – The Center for Disabilities and Development is a part of University of Iowa Children's Hospital dedicated to improving the health and independence of people with disabilities. Visit our website to learn about our services or make an appointment.
- Communicating Effectively with People with Disabilities – Faculty, staff, and individuals with disabilities provide a panel discussion on basic health issues for people with disabilities, and offer role-playing scenarios that address ways to accommodate people with disabilities in clinical settings.
- Community Access Project - Accessible Health Facilities – This project is focused on making community health facilities more accessible. Health facilities include traditional health care settings, public health local subcontract sites, and places designated as emergency community shelters.
- Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ILEND) – ILEND is an interdisciplinary leadership training program for graduate students with a commitment to providing culturally competent, family-centered, coordinated care and improving services systems for children with special health care needs and their families.
- Living Well with a Disability – An eight-week, 16-hour workshop that promotes health as a means of attaining real life goals.