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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long has HDC been around?
The Handicapped Development Center was incorporated in 1969. At the recommendation of a citizens’ study, four groups who were providing similar services, merged to form what is now known as HDC.
How many people work at HDC?
HDC has approximately 400 full and part time employees. We are always looking for new, quality employees who are searching for a challenging and rewarding job.  Go to the HDC Employment page for more information about working at HDC.
How many people receive services from HDC?
In our various programs, we serve nearly 400 individuals in a year.
Who uses HDC's services?
Any person who has a documented disability and who would benefit from services can participate in our programs. We serve primarily individuals with developmental disabilities like autism, intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy. People with brain injuries, physical disabilities, and mental illness also receive HDC services.
How is HDC funded?
To pay for service delivery, 92% of the HDC budget comes from Title XIX or Medicaid. Other income sources are Scott County, subcontract work, participant fees, United Way, and the State of Iowa. Grants and donations help purchase anything else that is not covered in the budget, like wheelchairs, vehicles, technology needs, equipment, etc.
Is HDC licensed and accredited?
The three group homes are licensed through the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals as Residential Care Facilities (RCF/ID) and the Residential Center is licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF\ID). We are also certified by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to persons under the intellectual disabilities, brain injury and habilitation waiver programs.

We are also accredited by Carf, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. Three-year accreditations, the maximum possible, have been achieved at every survey since 1983.

How does a person get services at HDC?
Many referrals come through schools, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, families, doctors, etc. To make an application or learn about specific admission criteria, call us at 563-391-4834.



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Handicapped Development Center

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.

Handicapped Development Center

Handicapped Development Center02/23/2018 at 9:47am

12 people have landed community jobs recently. Many eager, hand-working HDC participants are looking for a place to share their talents. Contact the Center at 563-391-4834 to learn how someone can meet the needs of your company.

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Handicapped Development Center02/21/2018 at 8:11am

Over 250 kids participated in our Bunny Hop kids race last year and we are limiting the field to only 200 this time around! All kids receive a race bib, finisher's medal, entry to our private Easter Egg Hunt where we guarantee all kids a pre-filled basket with candy and the chance for additional prizes within the hunt, free food and drink at our post race party and live music.

Get signed up today with a $5 discount when an adult also signs up for the 5K. Use the discount code "HOP10".

Remember entry is limited this year so get signed up today!


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Handicapped Development Center02/20/2018 at 5:39am

February is full of holidays to celebrate--Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, etc. Folks in the Personal Independence program have decided to celebrate them all.

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Handicapped Development Center02/19/2018 at 11:24am

Employment Services is doing a new job--cleaning and sorting sunglasses. Yes, we do all kinds of things.

Contact our Salesmanager, Amy Cook at amycook@hdcmail.org and see what we can do for your company.

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Handicapped Development Center02/16/2018 at 5:20am

The HDC staff trivia team and the HDC board member trivia team with the highest scores at the HANDS' trivia event in January were recently recognized with a certificate and a pair of "smarty pants".


Did you know…

  • …our Employment Services subcontracts in this past year generated net income of nearly $450,000?

  • …we paid over $320,000 in wages to participants at HDC during the past year?

  • …Community Employment Services assisted 28 people to find and maintain jobs in the community during the past year?

  • …the Personal Independence Services program moved to a new facility on North Brady Street in Davenport in April 2009 to better accommodate the needs of the individuals in that program?

  • …the Personal Independence Services program has added specific classes and classrooms to better accommodate participants who experience autism?

  • …volunteers donated over 2700 hours of time to support the mission of HDC during the past year?

  • …many projects that have positively impacted the lives of people with disabilities were made possible with funds from individuals who made provisions for HDC in their will?