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Release: June 29, 2001

University Hospital School renamed Center for Disabilities and Development

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- After more than 50 years of providing services for people with disabilities, University Hospital School's name will be changed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' Center for Disabilities and Development on July 1.

Established by the Iowa Legislature in 1947, the center for Disabilities and Development is the only tertiary program of its kind in Iowa. Staff members work with individuals and families, as well as local service providers and health care professionals at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Families come to the center for specialized services that address ADHD, behavior disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy, dental health, diabetes, genetic conditions, health care for chronic conditions, learning disabilities, mental retardation, pediatric sleep disorders, spina bifida and custom wheelchair seating.

The new name more accurately reflects the range of services the center provides, said Mark Moser, administrator of the center. "Our original focus was medical and education services," Moser said. "But as health care has expanded over the years, so have the types of services we provide. Today, individuals and families come to us for help with conditions that range from behavior disorders to learning disabilities to genetic conditions to cerebral palsy."

As Iowa's premier health resource for people with disabilities and their families, the center provides services that go beyond health care to include education, training and information resources.

In the past year, more than 9,000 infants, children and adults benefited from the center's services. At the center, families find 30 different services, such as the Computer Access, Developmental Evaluation, Down Syndrome, Feeding and Growth Management, Telemedicine, Rehabilitation Engineering, and School-based Consultation Services, among others.

The center also provides education to students as well as training to health professionals. During the past year, 160 students, including medical and dental residents and fellows from 18 different academic disciplines, participated in classes and internships at the center. In addition, center staff participated in more than 700 consultation, continuing education and training events for people with disabilities, their families and service providers in communities throughout Iowa.

A renaming ceremony with remarks by R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics, is scheduled for 8:25 a.m., Monday, July 2, at the center.

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

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