Regional Resources


Autism Society of Iowa (statewide)

Autism Source 

Support, Guidance And A Compassionate Ear
The Autism Society is now able to provide guidance and support to individuals and families 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and on the weekends from 8am to 4pm!  The Autism Source™ Resource Database, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to our constituents, therefore we have employed our nationwide network of affiliates and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Autism Source™ Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings.

East Central Iowa Autism Society 


Designed as a resource for parents, family members, friends, and professionals interested in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Holds monthly support group meetings and coffee talks in Cedar Rapids (child care is available with advance notice). Sponsors annual Autism Walk.

Contact at

Access for Special Kids (ASK) Resource Center

ASK Resource Center is a parent training, information, and advocacy center for families of children with special needs across the state of Iowa. They also support the Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities (FIND) project. ASK Summer Camp List:


1-800-450-8667 or 515-243-1789

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 are served in a year-round program.

Cedar Rapids Eye Care/The Children’s Eye Center

With more than 20 years of experience in pediatric eye care and vision therapy, Dr. Kara Heying and Dr. Christine Winter are the only Board-Certified Developmental Optometrists in Cedar Rapids. Dr. Kara is the current Vice President of the national College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and she lectures internationally on the benefits of vision therapy.



Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities (FIND Families)

FIND Families is an interactive social networking site designed to give families of youth with disabilities a new way to make connections.


Family Mentors

The Family Mentors, generously funded through Children’s Center Charities, are a group of parents who are working to help families with children who have special needs in the Iowa City area. We are passionate about making sure that every family has the resources, information, and ability to advocate for their children and the tools to make way through their journey as easily and stress-free as possible.

Four Oaks

Four Oaks services are focused on and rooted in the family. They empower children and families to achieve stability, self-sufficiency and permanency. Four Oaks offers prevention programs, residential treatment programs, community and school based programs, including a peer group for teenagers on the autism spectrum. Programs are offered in Iowa City and throughout the region.


319-364-0259 or at

The Iowa Autism Community

A Facebook group for autistic individuals, caregivers and supporters to share information and resources throughout the state of Iowa

Iowa Child Health Connections (ICHC)

The ICHC website was created by University of Iowa Division of Child and Community Health. It provides a wealth of information for both parents of children with special needs, and providers who work with this population. And interactive state map allows you to search for resources and services by county.



Iowa COMPASS is a project of the Center for Disabilities and Development. They provide information and referral, used equipment referral service, and free legal advocacy services for people who run into problems getting assistive technology. They offer a comprehensive disability resource database.




Listed here are financial assistance programs that help single mothers with rent, utility bills, child care, education, medication, housing, medical bills, and mortgage, among others.



RAP (Regional Autism Assistance Program)


Open Autism Software

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

5911 Meredith Drive, Suite E
Des Moines, IA 50322-1903

Tammy Nyden
Chair, NAMI IOWA Children’s Mental Health Committee
Phone:  641-990-9974

Tanager Place (Cedar Rapids)

Tanager Place provides a number of services for children (up to 18 y) – camps, school-based programs, therapy modalities (including art therapy), specialized psychotherapy, and social skills groups.



Witwer Children’s Therapy, Unity Point Health (formerly St. Luke’s Hospital)

Witwer Children’s Therpy has a rich history of providing family-centered children’s therapy, including occupational, physical and speech therapy. Their pediatric therapists work with children with a wide variety of special needs, including: ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Speech/Language Disabilities.