CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
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
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
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
For more information about the Center for Disabilities and Development, call
(319) 356-0768 or visit the center's Web site at www.uihealthcare.com/cdd.
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.