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University of Iowa News Release

May 15, 2006

UI Center Awarded Contract To Assess Children With Disabilities

Leaders of the Center for Disabilities and Development at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City announced today that the Center will receive up to $1.9 million over the next five years to provide consultation in select child disability determination cases throughout a four-state region.

The project creates Pediatric Medical Units (PMUs) that will work with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The PMUs will serve on the state and regional level to ensure the timeliness and accuracy of childhood disability adjudications. The PMUs will assist the SSA in determining the disability level of children by providing additional medical and clinical expertise.

Specialists in the PMU at the UI Center for Disabilities and Development will consult on select child disability determination cases for Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Three other U.S. centers comprise the first group of PMUs.

"This is a great opportunity for the Center for Disabilities and Development to help ensure that children with disabilities receive the support they need," said Scott Lindgren, Ph.D., UI professor of pediatrics and principle investigator on the project.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) plans to work with up to 16 selected member University Centers during the next five years under the SSA contract to develop, test and operate prototypes of Pediatric Medical Units.

"SSA was very impressed with the quality of the submissions," said George Jesien, AUCD executive director. "The selection process was extremely difficult because of the high caliber of the applications."

AUCD plans to announce the second set of PMUs by the end of 2006. Pending budget authorization, AUCD will add locations on an annual basis as the network of PMUs expands. For more detailed information, visit the AUCD Web site at

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 140,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

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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