Connections and CenterLines are published quarterly by the Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


Provides families with current information on child and adult development, issues affecting people with disabilities, and resources available to them and their families. The newsletter is available in print, in Spanish, and by e-mail.

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Recent CenterLines Newsletters


Summer 2019: “Growing up Together: Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities,” Book Review of “Meena Meets Her Match,” Introducing CDD’s new Disability Resource Librarian and volunteers donate a cart of books for the Disability Resource Library, Provider Highlight: Developmental Psychologist Angie Smith, “Security at Iowa Compass,”  “Do It Yourself Assistive Technology.”


Winter 2018: Learn about alternative communication devices with Sam and his family, Disability Resource Library favorites and ebooks through TumbleBookLibrary, Provider Highlight: Ellen Eulberg, High Tech vs Low Tech Assistive Technology(AT) and AT Equipment Loan Closets.

Fall 2018:  New at the Center for Disabilities and Development: Shared Decision Making, Print/Braille Children’s Books in the Disability Resource Library, Pet Therapy coming soon!, Comfort Room available for use; Provider Highlight: Dr. Marcio Leyser – Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician; Announcement of 3 day course for professionals: Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology; Universal Design and Assistive Technology for the Home; Finding Accessible Housing.

Summer 2018: Having a Successful Summer with ADHD; Development – It’s Everything!; Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Testing (EPSDT) Periodicity Schedule; ABLE Accounts; Smart Technology for the Home.

Spring 2018: Early Intervention ImPACT therapy, free eBooks for early readers, Autism ‘Innovations in Research and Care’ Conference in April, Provider Highlight: Shelley Mockler- Physical Therapist, University of Iowa analysis finds more children are diagnosed with Autism than thought, Recreational Adapted Equipment and Providers in Iowa.


Winter 2017: University of Iowa Joins SPARKS National Online Autism Registry; Books for Tweens in the Disability Resource Library; Provider Highlight; Recipes to Make with Kids; NEW Caregiver Guide for Families Following an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis; Getting Ready for Winter: Assistive Technology to Help Stay Safe Outdoors and Chore Services Providers.

Fall 2017: Self-Care in the Wake of an Autism Diagnosis; Activities and Events in Iowa; Provider Highlight; Behavioral Interventions of Individuals with Autism Workshop; Energy Bars Recipe; Suggested Books to Explain Autism to Family, Friends and Children on the Spectrum; Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment for Cerebral Palsy; How Do I File a Discrimination Complaint Based on Disability?; Assistive Technology and the American with Disabilities Act.


Updates on current information from Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, our Healy Clinic and research efforts at the Center for Disabilities and Development.

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children playing in the sand at a park
woman with bicycle
Big sister helping younger brother to walk in his walker outside
Doctor looking over baby boy who is being held by his mother