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HANDS Important Dates

Save These Dates Sunday, June 4, 2017 Hands Auxiliary "Under the Sea" Cocktail Party/ Auction Steeplegate Inn, Davenport, IA Complimentary Cocktails and Appetizers Fabulous Live & Silent Auction Items Free Admission with Golf Registration Only $30 per person without Golf Registration Monday, ...

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Nut & Candy Sale Winding Down

With the new year upon us, the 2016 Booster/Bob Ott Memorial Nut and Candy Sale is drawing to an end. Sales were brisk this year, so remaining inventory is low. However, there are still plenty of nuts and candies ...

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Easter Egg Scramble 5k run/walk

The Easter Egg Scramble 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, April 15th in the Village of East Davenport. Entrants for this year will receive an official super soft race t-shirt, finisher's medal, bib, USATF certified ...

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Since 1969, the Handicapped Development Center has been a non-profit organization supporting people with disabilities. We believe all individuals are endowed with the same fundamental rights and needs, are entitled to opportunities promoting the fulfillment of those rights and needs, continue to develop throughout their lives, and should have the opportunity to become contributing members of their community.

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carf_goldseal_2016As a premier service provider, we passionately advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities by creating opportunities for them to succeed, to achieve, to grow, and to be happy.


The Handicapped Development Center is accredited by Carf for its Community Services and Employment Services programs. In the Fall of 2016, we underwent a Carf survey and received our 12th consecutive maximum three-year accreditation.

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Olsen Financial Meetings

Don and Pat Olsen of Olsen Financial will be presenting a series of meetings with information that will benefit families who have a special needs individual to consider in their planning. Attend one or attend them all. It’s up to you. All meetings are free of charge and will be held at 3402 Hickory Grove Road from 6 to 7 p.m. with respite care available upon request. Contact Carol Foster at 563-391-4834 or carolfoster@hdcmail.org to RSVP. Upcoming Meetings Wednesday, February 22nd First Meeting Topic: Life Care Planning  · What is a ‘Life Care Plan’ · How to get started · Components of a life care plan · Common misconceptions Wednesday, March 29th Government Benefits SSI, SSDI, Medicaid Eligibility Wednesday, April 26th Guardianship What... read more

Hall of Fame Recipients

In its 23rd year, the HDC Hall of Fame recognizes people, organizations and/or companies that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities.  This year’s recipients were Oscar and Jody Hawley, Richard and Judy Kreiter, and The Republic Companies. Oscar and Jody Hawley received the Hall of Fame Individuals Award.  They have been long-time supporters of HDC and advocates for people with disabilities in many capacities and for many years.  They continue to be active HDC Booster members, participating in all Booster events and activities and helping ensure the success of Booster fundraising efforts.  Oscar has served on the HDC board of directors for 24 years, providing the board with the voice of a parent... read more

Legislature Back In Session

The Iowa legislature returned to the Capital on January 9th to kick off the 2017 General Assembly.  Things will look different in Des Moines this year. With Governor Branstad’s appointment to an ambassadorship, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will take over, assuming Branstad is confirmed, and both the House and Senate will have Republican control. So, what does this mean for issues that impact people with disabilities?  No one is certain, but something that will definitely have an impact is the amount of revenue available. Since the election, the state’s Revenue Estimating Conference report showed a decline in projected state tax revenue to the tune of $110 million (including a $21 million shortfall in Medicaid), which will require spending cuts... read more

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People with disabilities have the same fundamental rights and needs as everyone else. They want to be loved, to feel worthy, and to be part of their community. HDC helps people achieve those goals.

By being consumers, employees, taxpayers, and neighbors, HDC participants achieve a sense of belonging. From the work they do, they experience pride and satisfaction for doing a job well and being rewarded by a paycheck. By living in the community, they learn what it's like to pay bills and how to be a responsible citizen and a good neighbor.

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Handicapped Development Center02/22/2017 at 6:38am

Enjoy the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Inspirations.


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Handicapped Development Center02/21/2017 at 6:14am

Exactly 1 year ago, the count was 10,000. Now, it reads 20,000! Many HDC folks are improving their health by drinking more water AND they are saving the environment by refilling their bottles at Rosemary's Fountain.

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Handicapped Development Center02/20/2017 at 6:29am

Happy Presidents' Day!

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Handicapped Development Center02/17/2017 at 2:27pm

Not only did staff and participants in the Personal Independence program celebrate Black History Month today, but they also learned a few things too.

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Handicapped Development Center02/16/2017 at 3:37pm

Denny Hamilton, from our maintenance department, was the subject of our "Mission Moment" at today's board of directors' meeting. Jeff Ashcraft spoke of what a wonderful asset Denny is and how much he will be missed when he says good-bye to HDC and begins to enjoy retirement soon. Denny represents the many dedicated employees who work behind the scenes to support our mission every day. Thanks for all you do!


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