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Release: Aug. 31, 2001

Center for Disabilities and Development receives $347,000 grant to continue work

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently received a federal grant for $347,000 for the year 2002. The award enables the center, formerly University Hospital School, to continue to serve as the state's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities.

University Centers for Excellence, known until this spring as University Affiliated Programs, have played a key role as members of the disability movement in the United States for more than 40 years. The centers have pioneered disability initiatives relating to early intervention, community-based services, inclusive education, transition from school to work, employment, housing, assistive technology and transportation.

As Iowa's Center for Excellence, the Center for Disabilities and Development is uniquely positioned to foster cooperation between the university and communities throughout Iowa. The center works with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies and community providers. It provides training, technical assistance, health care and other services, research, and information sharing. The center's goal is to increase the capacity of Iowa communities to support the participation of all their members, including people with disabilities.

For more information about the Center for Disabilities and Development, call (319) 356-0768 or visit the center online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.