Hand in Hand
3860 Middle Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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October 31, 2019

Maybe you’ve overheard a coworker talk about it, or watched something about it on the news. So what exactly is this thing called Waiver? Please take a few minutes to learn more about this cool Medicaid program.

What is the Waiver?

The Iowa Home-and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are Medicaid programs for people with dis...

August 10, 2019

There are an estimated 16.8 million unpaid caregivers who provide care to a child with special needs under the age of 18 in the U.S, according to a 2009 study from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. [1] On average, caregivers of children with special needs spend 29.7 hours per week providing care, helping t...

We just completed our 20th year of Camp Hand in Hand. Twenty years! Can you believe it? We have grown from a one-week summer camp into a successful nonprofit with over 15 year-round programs. Camp Hand in Hand was the program that started it all.

Founders Mark and Vinnie Smith and Dave and Joanie Steil wanted their chil...

Here at Hand-in-Hand we try our best to be a resource for people with disabilities and their families. Sometimes that means sharing other blogs that might be of interest to you. Who better to hear from about disability issues then from a person who has a disability! Here is a list of bloggers with disabilities you shou...

Although the unemployment rate for people with disabilities continues to improve, it is still almost twice the rate (6.3%) of those with no disability (3.2%). There are currently 1 in 4 people that have a disability currently in the United States which makes the disability community the largest minority group in the na...

April 10, 2019

My name is Amanda Berryhill and I am in my third year of the doctorate occupational therapy program at St. Ambrose. I have also been a martial artist for 12 years and have my 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. In the process of working on my doctorate in the occupational therapy program, I have had the opportunity to...

March 25, 2019

Here at Hand-in-Hand we have three rooms of integrated and inclusive childcare. We have our infant room that serves about 8 children between the ages of 6 weeks – 20 months, our toddler room that serves about 10 children between the ages of 20 months – 3 years, and our preschool room where we serve about 20 children be...

December 11, 2018

 At Hand-in-Hand, we often find ourselves reminding people that words matter. The way we talk about or describe someone can change the way they’re perceived entirely. Something we talk about less often, that is just as important, is how people are represented in pop culture. Disability representation in fictional chara...

November 1, 2018

When my daughter first began therapy and treatment for sensory processing disorder, or SPD, she was young. At only 2 years old, the early intervention was one of the best things we could do for her. It gave her a chance to learn and modify behaviors and inputs before these were more permanent. Addison worked very hard,...

October 17, 2018

We had a diagnosis: sensory processing disorder or SPD. I knew the technical term for this, and I knew that this meant that my daughter Addison received and interpreted senses differently than what I would expect. I knew that we would be spending a great deal of time with specialists, occupational therapists, ENT docto...

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"You all are the greatest.  You all do so much to make these children happy.  She has fun and feels very safe there."

Parent of Respite Participant

"I love seeing kids who struggle so much during the year have such a great time at your camp. It’s very special and important what you do."

Quad Cities Service Provider

"We have not had one single negative experience with any aspect of Hand-in-Hand. From enrollment, to summer program, to camp,  to no school-days and school breaks. The office staff, the counselors, the billing...Every. Single. Aspect. Has been nothing but positive!  The only regret we have is that we didn’t find the program sooner."

Parent of Respite Participant

"When I started working at Hand-in-Hand, I had no idea how much the kids and young adults here would teach me. I see a lot of compassion, humor, patience and care from our participants and staff members, and it reminds me to try to be a better person."

Hand-in-Hand Staff Member

"Hand-in-Hand makes my heart feel good!"

Respite Participant

"I am so glad that my son got to go to Hand-in-Hand for 3 years. At 3.5, my son is doing addition/subtraction under five, tons of sight words, and cannot get enough academics in his life. They really helped him get off to a great start in school."

Parent of Childcare Participant

"Have you ever tried to push a shopping cart and a wheelchair at the same time? I don't know what I would do without Hand-in-Hand programs"

Parent of Hand-in-Hand Participant

"The children at Hand-in-Hand inspire me to be the person I am today."

Hand-in-Hand Staff Member

"What I like best about being part of such a special place is its ability to make everyone feel safe and loved while being themselves."

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