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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 ...

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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.

Our Mission

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

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 Center01/20/2017 at 8:38am

Join HDC as we take our pledge to end the “R” Word. Spread the word to end the word by wearing a t-shirt. To Order:
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Handicapped Development Center01/17/2017 at 11:19am

Thanks to everyone who participated in the HANDS "Beat the January Blues" trivia night. Hope to see you there again next year!

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Handicapped Development Center01/13/2017 at 3:43pm

Some HDC staff attended the Temple Grandin seminar today on autism and were excited to get their picture taken with none other than Temple herself!


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