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UI's David Jackson receives disability awareness award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Jackson, service manager in Facilities Services
Group (FSG), recently received this year's University of Iowa Council on
Disability Awareness Achievement Award.
Two years ago Jackson initiated a program to improve the working environment
for FSG employees with disabilities. He encouraged applicants with disabilities
to seek and obtain employment in FSG and initiated a team to review the
work needs of deaf employees. The result was new assistive technology to
aid communication and American Sign Language classes for FSG employees.
The process resulted in better understanding and increased communication
between deaf employees and their co-workers and supervisors, an increase
in employment of people with disabilities, and a most supportive work environment
for those employees.
The Council on Disability Awareness Award, first awarded to Hancher
Auditorium in 1998, acknowledges the efforts and achievements of individuals
or organizations on campus that contribute to the integration and inclusion
of persons with disabilities in campus life or within the community at
large. The award was formally presented during Martin Luther King Jr. Human