Center for Disabilities and Development

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 Developmental 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

This location is an outpatient department of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Please note that payment is due at appointment check-in. For your convenience, we accept credit and debit cards only.

Annual Report

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Amber and Jason Miller

    Pierce Miller, portrait "For a mom with a child that has multiple special needs and multiple medications it’s one less thing that I have to worry about." Read more
  • Mason Gonzalez

    Mason Gonzalez, portrait When Mason was 6 months old, his parents noticed he wasn’t reaching certain milestones such as sitting up on his own or trying to crawl. When he was 1 year old, he woke up from a nap and unexpectedly had a 13-minute seizure. Read more
  • Sam Spore

    Sam Spore Sam was born in Uganda with hydrocephalus, spina bifida—a birth defect in which bones don’t properly form around the spinal cord—and malformations in his bowel and bladder. He lived in an orphanage where specialized medical care wasn’t readily available, but he was adopted in 2015.Read more
  • 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

Locations and Contact

  • Center for Disabilities and Development
    213 CDD
    100 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    • 1-877-686-0031
    • 1-319-384-9393 (Fax)
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    Suite 400
    865 Lincoln Road
    Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)