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Release: March 6, 2000

National teleconference on ADA issues to be hosted locally by UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Office of Affirmative Action invites University of Iowa personnel to take part in a Monday, March 13 national, two-hour interactive teleconference: "Emerging Disabilities on Campus: What You Need to Know," beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Ohio State Room on the third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union. The teleconference is free and open to the public.

Among the topics to be covered by leading disability issues experts: approaches to having consistent documentation for all forms of disability; current statistical research on emerging disabilities, liability, and disability claims settlements; and the impact of changing student demographics on disability services and Americans with Disability Act compliance on campus.

According to studies, higher education institutions are facing one of the largest student populations in history with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and other syndromes and disabilities. Institutions of higher learning will be challenged to assess the needs of and accommodate affected students while complying with ADA law.

The UI Office of Affirmative Action will host the teleconference locally along with the College of Medicine, the Office of Student Services, Student Disability Services, Opportunity at Iowa, The Council on Disability Awareness, and Faculty and Staff Disability Services. To register for the teleconference, contact the Office of Affirmative Action at 335-0705 (voice) or 335-0697 (text).

The teleconference will be presented by the University of Vermont and is sponsored in part by the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities, American College Personnel Association and the Association for Student Judicial Affairs.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action in advance at 335-0705 (voice) or 335-0697 (text).