The Center for Disabilities and Development at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is dedicated to improving the health and independence of people with disabilities and creating a life with opportunities for everyone.

People who come to our clinic often have complex needs, which is why we use a team approach, bringing together the right experts to help families find answers. At the heart of each team are the patient and family.

The center has been designated the state's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities and strives to be the state's most trusted resource for health care, training, research, and information for people with disabilities.

Preparing for Your Visit to CDD

Programs and Services

For Patients

Patient Stories

  • Emeline Dunham

    Emetine Dunham portrait When Emeline’s parents learned their daughter had Down syndrome, they knew they wanted her to be born at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. Newborns with Down syndrome often have health issues, and they wanted a hospital that could care for all of her needs.Read more
  • Paetra's Journey

    Paetra’s first helicopter ride was when she was two; she was having a seizure and turning blue in her car seat. They found help at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.Read more
  • A Special Treat for Taylor

    Taylor Phillips Portrait Taylor Phillips has spastic quadriplegia with hypertonia, meaning her limbs are stiff. But with the help of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, she loves riding tandem bike with her father and hanging out on their acreage with her brother, Brody. Read more
  • Abi Frye

    Abi Frye portrait The only treatment for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. At 25 weeks pregnant, Julie was taken by ambulance and Abi was born the next day, weighing just over 1 pound.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Center for Disabilities and Development
    213 CDD
    100 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-353-6900
    • Toll free: 877-686-0031
    • For medical records phone: 319-356-1346
    • For medical records fax: 319-356-7700
  • Center for Disabilities and Development
    Room 146
    100 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-384-9977
    • Toll free: 888-573-KIDS (5437) (ask to be transferred to above number)
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    865 Lincoln Road
    Bettendorf, Iowa 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105