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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 2, 2004

UI Center For Disabilities And Development To Receive Leadership Grant

The regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Region VII will present a significant grant to the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4 in the main lobby of the CDD.

Fred Schuster of HHS will award the grant to Dennis Harper, Ph.D., clinical director of the CDD. The grant will provide continuing funding for the Iowa LEND Project, a program designed to develop leaders that will improve health and enhance systems of care for children with special health care needs and their families. The project is scheduled to run from July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2009.

Jeffrey Lobas, M.D., will serve as co-director for Iowa LEND, and Robert Bacon is the training director for the project.

The Center for Disabilities and Development, formerly known as University Hospital School when it opened its doors in 1948, is Iowa's premier center for people with disabilities and special needs. The center serves as a resource for the citizens of Iowa, as well as residents of neighboring states and beyond. The center's specialists provide medical care and related services, training, research, information sharing and services that improve people's quality of life at home, work and school.

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. Its goal is to increase the capacity of Iowa communities to support the participation of all their members, including people with disabilities.

University Centers for Excellence have played a key role as members of the U.S. disability movement for more than 40 years. They pioneered disability initiatives relating to early intervention, community-based services, inclusive education, transition from school to work, employment, housing, assistive technology and transportation.

The Center for Disabilities and Development serves infants, children and adults with particularly complex physical, intellectual, learning adjustment and medical disorders, such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation or spina bifida. Diagnostic and treatment services are provided in outpatient clinics. The center's eight-bed inpatient unit meets the needs of patients who have experienced an acute trauma and require intense rehabilitation services.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's only academic medical center. University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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