CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 25, 2001
Disability rights advocate to speak in Iowa City April 26
IOWA CITY, Iowa Norman Kunc, an educational consultant and disability
rights advocate from British Columbia, Canada, will speak at a series of events
sponsored by University Hospital School.
Kunc will speak on "Interpersonal Alchemy: Turning Resistance into Collaboration"
7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Iowa City Public Library. His presentation
will focus on building and maintaining coalitions within and between organizations.
Some 20 campus and community groups are co-sponsoring this event. Childcare
can be arranged by calling the Arc of Johnson County at (319) 351-5017.
Kunc will speak to staff and families at University Hospital School at 8
a.m. Friday, April 27 on "Ethical Issues Surrounding Physician-Assisted
Kunc is known internationally for his workshops, writings and keynote addresses
on inclusive communities, behavioral challenges in classrooms, conflict resolution,
employment equity and disability rights issues. He is a lecturer with the
Principal's Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is the
author of "Ready, Willing, and Disabled."
Born with cerebral palsy, Kunc attended segregated schools for children with
disabilities until age 13. His lectures use humor and personal experiences
to challenge assumptions about disabilities in a society that worships normalcy
Kunc also will speak to eighth-grade students at Southeast Junior High School
while in Iowa City.
For more information, call David Leshtz, University Hospital School, at (319)