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UI observes 7th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A public forum will be Tuesday, Nov. 4, to discuss the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the on-going steps the University of Iowa is taking to comply with it.

Held in celebration of the 7th anniversary of the passage of this landmark legislation, the forum discussion will be from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Lucas-Dodge Room (Room 256) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Members of the community, students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation to participate in this event should call (319) 335-0705 (voice) or 335-0697 (text) and leave a voice mail message regarding those needs. These telephone numbers may also be called prior to the forum for specific questions about the university's implementation of the ADA.

The forum, hosted by the UI Office of Affirmative Action and the UI Council on Disability Awareness (CDA), will provide an exchange of information on how the campus is meeting its ADA goals as well as suggestions for improvements.

"We are engaged in an on-going effort to create a more accessible and hospitable environment for people with disabilities," says Susan Mask, director of the UI Office of Affirmative Action and ADA coordinator.

"The forum provides a useful dialogue between university personnel who implement the ADA and people with disabilities who access our programs and facilities," Mask explains.

"The CDA encourages student participation in the forum. Students will learn useful information about how they can better access the campus community," says Carol Gruber, CDA co-chair.

10/31/97