Iowa's Center for Disabilities and Development Publishes Its Post-COVID Annual Report

November 17, 2021

At the end of 2019, while working on the new strategic plan for the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD, Iowa's UCEDD), we had no idea what lay ahead. We began 2020, challenged by tightening resources, and the ongoing need to build capacity to meet the demand for clinical services and community supports.  When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we responded with even more dedication to that mission, working together so that people with disabilities and their families enjoy healthy, independent lives in the community.

Our mission focused on discovering new ways to meet the needs of our patients, families, and communities. We donned PPE, masking up, social distancing, and working remotely. We saw patients via telehealth, managed state and community programs virtually, and provided webinars and online training for practicing professionals, pre-service trainees, and community members. We invested in innovative services, and expanded our team. And through it all, we supported hospital and community efforts to defeat the virus.

W continued to accomplish our mission through the collaborative efforts of our Clinical Services, our University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Iowa's UCEDD), our Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program (Iowa's LEND), and CDD Research. And this year, we joined a successful application to bring a new research center to the University of Iowa, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (Iowa's IDDRC). To have all three federally funded centers on one university campus is both rare, and evidence of the important work we do at CDD. In this annual report, we proudly share a sampling of our recent accomplishments and ongoing projects, and we offer a glimpse of some things to look forward to in the upcoming year.

Link to an online version of the 2021 CDD Annual Report: 2021 Center for Disabilities and Development Annual Report by uihcwebcom - Issuu

For more information about Iowa's UCEDD, get in touch with Meredith Field at [email protected]