Get to know the organizations that support the work of The Arc of East Central Iowa.

ActivStyle

ActivStyle specializes in providing on-time home delivery of the medical supplies you use every day.

ASK (Access for Special Kids) Family Resource Center

The center can connect you with strategy, training, and education programs. Families with children who have disabilities can access their F.I.N.D. database, which connects families with similar experiences and interests.

Awaken Family Chiropractic

Awaken Family Chiropractic provides chiropractic care for the entire family. Specializing in pediatrics, pregnancy, and family wellness, with an emphasis on serving children with neuro-developmental disorders, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, autism and other concerns.

Camp Courageous

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp was established in 1972 with the first 211 campers attending in the summer of 1974. Today, Camp Courageous serves nearly 7,000 individuals with disabilities annually.

Camp Lee Mar

Lee Mar is a private, innovative 7-week residential summer program for campers with special needs age 7 to 21.

Center for Disabilities and Development

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

The center works with people with disabilities, their family members, providers, state and local agencies, and others every day. Their goal is to improve the health and community participation of people with disabilities.

Disability Rights Iowa

Law Center of Protection and Advocacy

Disability Rights IOWA aims to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities and mental illness. We promote safety, opportunity, access, and self-determination for all Iowans.

Discovery Living, Inc.

The organization helps adults with intellectual disabilities live successful, satisfying lives in the mainstream of the community and offers group home living.

Early Access

Early Access is Iowa’s system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays, connecting families with free statewide information and referral services.

Frank A. Varvaris and Associates

The organization provides clients with specialized estate planning, financial planning, and benefits planning assistance to more favorably impact their lives and enhance their well-being.

Help With Paying Bills

This compiled directory of bills assistance programs helps low income families with finding financial assistance programs that help with utility, energy, rent, and medical bills.

Iowa Assistive Technology Professional Development Network

The network offers training on assistive technology, primarily for work and school, in the form of webinars and short weekly videos for professionals, parents, and individuals with disabilities.

Iowa COMPASS

Iowa COMPASS is a free database service that connects people with disabilities to over 50 different types programs and services and includes a listing of used assistive technology equipment for sale. Talk with an information specialist to be matched with a specific program or service.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The program assists individuals with disabilities with employment and economic independence and determines eligibility of Iowa residents who apply for disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Opportunity Center at Ladd Library

The center assists with:

  • Job applications
  • Resume writing*
  • Obtaining an education
  • Applying for food stamps
  • Family Investment Program or Child Care Assistance,
  • Finding resources
  • Healthcare Navigation*
  • Financial Literacy assistance*
  • Knowing if you qualify for energy assistance or other income-based support payments
  • Transportation for work or school
  • Feeding your family. *

Make an appointment in advance to receive services. .

Options of Linn County

Options of Linn County provides day habilitation and pre-vocational services to adults with disabilities as a department of Linn County Community Services.

REM Iowa

REM Iowa serves adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges, including brain injuries. The organization offers a range of programs, including residential services and day and vocational programs.

Tanager Place’s Autism Spectrum Therapy Program

Tanager Place offers the clinically proven treatment option applied behavior analysis for autism spectrum disorders. The program delivers mental health diagnosis, assessment, and treatment by board-certified staff. Services are covered by private insurance, Medicaid, and a sliding fee scale for families who qualify.

The Guided Tour

The focus of The Guided Tour is a growth-producing experience for our participants, in which they are able to travel and socialize independent of their families. The Guided Tour staff make sure our travelers not only have their independence, but they also make sure our travelers have assistance with money, medication, and, of course, a fantastic memorable vacation.


Organizations

Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Alliance for the Mentally Ill provides education and support programs.

Autism Society for East Central Iowa

Access information about local meeting groups, video presentations about autism therapy, and other related activities and resources from the Autism Society for East Central Iowa’s.

Asperger Syndrome Support Group

A group that meets in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

Birth Injury Help Center

A comprehensive website dedicated to promoting awareness of major birth injuries and related childhood disabilities. Their goal is to give parents of children injured during childbirth access to the highest quality information on the web to enable them to make informed decisions.

Brain Injury Association of America

The Brain Injury Association of America offers information about how to connect to supports and resources, including descriptions of the many symptoms and issues that may accompany a brain injury.

Cerebral Palsy Group

Cerebral Palsy Group provides educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

This organization’s website features information ranging from cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, covering all aspects of cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Read a free educational guide with information for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy, including financial options and emotional support.

Cerebral Palsy Information

Visit drugwatch.com for more information on Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and other birth injuries.

Hawkeye Area Down’s Syndrome Association

The association’s goal is to provide education, support, and advocacy to those individuals, their friends, families, and professionals in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area that are blessed by Down Syndrome.

Iowa Department of Elder Affairs

The department is a local Cedar Rapids agency dedicated to helping aging adults to remain independent in their homes, thereby reducing the risk of premature and unnecessary nursing home placement. The Iowa Department of Aging is the state-wide agency with some similar programs.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs, and their families.

The Arc of the U.S.

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We serve all ages and individuals with more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

UCP’s motto: “life without limits for people with disabilities.” UCP educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.

Variety – the Children’s Charity

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk, and special needs children throughout the state. Since the inception of the Telethon in 1975, Variety has raised more than $113 million to support the children of Iowa. Variety is making a better future for our community by connecting people who care to programs that enable children to reach their full potential. Variety is helping create opportunities for children to fully share in the experiences of life.


Information & News

ADDitude

ADDitude is an on-line magazine that addresses issues and provides resources for people affected by or caring for those with ADHD.

Disabilities Resource Library

Located at the University of Iowa Hospital, the collection focuses on information regarding disabilities. Over half of the items can’t be found in any other library in Iowa.

Disability Scoop

Disability Scoop is a conglomerate of recent developmental disability stories in the news.

Friendship Circle Blog

The blog offers a number of online special needs resources including over 1,000 articles on special needs parenting, products, therapy, and more. It also offers information about special needs apps.

The Arc’s Action Center

Stay up to date on what is going on in Congress and how it impacts people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Advocates receive a weekly policy newsletter and get action alerts that give a direct course of action, talking points, and background on breaking policy related issues.

Traveling with a Medical Condition

The essential guide to traveling with a medical condition or disability.


Local & Community Resources

2-1-1 Information – United Way of East Central Iowa

A free, confidential service that connects families and individuals to services that can help to stabilize them while meeting basic needs.

Linn County Community Resource Sheets

A comprehensive listing of human service resources in Linn County.

Employee Resources

Incident Report