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Last Call-Quad Cities Dining Tour Books

The Boosters are selling the Quad Cities Dining Tour books again this year. Each book contains discount coupons for numerous area restaurants, many of which are buy-one-get-one free. You only need to use a few coupons ...

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Nuts Are Back

The 2016 Booster/Bob Ott Memorial Nut and Candy Sale is on its way. Nut and Candy Sale outlets are conveniently located in Davenport, Bettendorf, LeClaire, Eldridge, and Moline. Click HERE for a list of phone numbers and addresses ...

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6th Annual “Beat the January Blues” Trivia Night

The 6th annual HANDS “Beat the January Blues” trivia night is Friday, January 13, 2017 at Northgate Place, next to the HyVee on Kimberly and Spring St. in Davenport.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with trivia ...

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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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Holiday Greetings to You!

You can be a part of some pretty amazing things.  People just like you made gifts to HDC last year and helped build a sensory wheelchair/walking path at the Residential Center that got some great reactions, like Bill who said, “This is so cool!” and Amy, “I love being out here.”  And, from Erin who can’t speak but her huge smile tells the story of how she feels about it. You can also help like some people did when they put the “home” back into the group homes.  Imagine the happiness that was provided to people like John, Tina, and Becky and the many others who live in group homes, when their bathrooms were remodeled to better accommodate their... 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

Driving Our Future: Our New Strategic Plan

In January, HDC embarked on creating a strategic plan for guiding our decisions and setting HDC’s course for the next three years. The process involved working with a professional facilitator, creating a planning team, soliciting input from across our stakeholder groups, and examining economic, regulatory, and environmental theories to help us develop informed decisions about the construction of a flexible and practical strategic plan. The process was productive, challenging and very enlightening. We learned some common themes from our stakeholder groups. For example, we learned that agency communication needs to be updated and strengthened. We learned there is concern for our aging populations, and questions as to whether HDC has kept up by providing updated methods and equipment. We... 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 Center12/08/2016 at 6:45am

The Republic Companies entered the HDC Hall of Fame this year. For many years, The Republic Companies have supported the HANDS Auction fundraiser. This year, they raised money for the J.S. Kimmel Technology Center at HDC in celebration of the company's 100th anniversary and in honor of one of the founders of their company and the HDC workshop, Joseph Stephen Kimmel Sr. Congratulations and thank you to President Mark Kilmer and The Republic Companies.
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Handicapped Development Center12/07/2016 at 6:36am

We are thrilled to welcome Richard and Judy Kreiter to the HDC Hall of Fame. The Kreiters have been supportive of our mission for many years by sharing both their gifts of time and financial resources. Thank you, Richard and Judy, for all you do for people with disabilities in this community.
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Handicapped Development Center12/06/2016 at 9:21am

Congratulations to Oscar and Jody Hawley for entering the HDC Hall of Fame. They are receiving the Volunteer Award for their many years of involvement with the Boosters, the HDC board, and the countless other ways they have supported people with disabilities.
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Handicapped Development Center12/05/2016 at 1:02pm

Lou Ann Harmsen bought the Disney On Ice item at the HANDS Auction this summer that was generously donated by Don and Jackie Ruggles. Lou Ann's daughter invited some of her friends to the performance this weekend and they had a magical time!
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Handicapped Development Center12/02/2016 at 5:32am

While shopping at Green Thumbers, a generous person, obviously in the holiday spirit, gave a $150 gift card to a group from the Personal Independence program so they could make some purchases. How wonderful is that? Thank you, kind stranger!


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