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CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail:laurie-haag@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

ADA anniversary to be celebrated with July 26 march, rally

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A march and a rally will highlight a Saturday, July 26 celebration of the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The celebration will begin with an 11 a.m. march from the Iowa City Public Library to Lower City Park, where the rally will begin at noon.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress in 1990, guarantees access to public programs and employment for qualified individuals with disabilities. It requires that barriers to participation be removed for qualified individuals who may have mental or physical disabilities.

The event is free and open to the public. Parade participants are asked to gather at the Iowa City Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Sponsors of the event are the Evert Conner Rights and Resources Center for Independent Living, the Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa, and a number of other community organizations.

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin is among the invited speakers for the noon rally. Also scheduled to speak are Peter Blanck, UI professor of law who is an expert on the ADA; Christina Mathis, president of the Systems Change Office; Karen Kubby, member of the Iowa City City Council; Loren Schmitt, Johnson County Coalition of People with Disabilities; and Tom Bencinge, team leader for the Youth Services and Anti-Violence Program at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago.

Live music will be provided following the rally. Iowa City blues icon Kevin B.F. Burt and friends will perform.

Volunteers are needed to help make signs for the march. Interested people are invited to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 in Meeting Room C at the Iowa City Public Library. Volunteers are also needed on the day of the march to help assist people with disabilities. For more information, call Casey at 338-3879 (voice/TTY).

7/2/97