CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
UI observes eighth anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A public forum will be Wednesday, Nov. 4 to discuss
the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ongoing
steps the University of Iowa is taking to comply with it.
Held in celebration of the eighth anniversary of the passage of this
landmark legislation, the forum discussion will be from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in
the Lucas-Dodge Room at 256 Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).
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 319/335-0697 (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 of Disability Awareness (CDA), will provide an exchange of information
on how the campus is meeting its ADA goals as well as suggestions for improvements.
"This year we plan to focus on learning disabilities and will feature
a presentation by UI professor of pediatrics Lynn Richman, a learning disabilities
expert. In addition, Jeff Bishop, senior computing consultant from ITS,
will provide an update on assistive technology innovations," 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.