CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Jan. 11, 2002
Iowa communities are invited to 'Think Competence'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- New opportunities will soon be available to create change
in Iowa communities through a new project by the University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics Center for Disabilities and Development and the Iowa Governor's
Developmental Disabilities Council.
"Think Competence" is a statewide project offering grants and assistance
to local teams that want to increase community participation by people who
have disabilities. Teams are now being recruited to develop and carry out
plans to create positive changes in their communities.
"Improving the quality of life for people with disabilities improves
everyone's lives," said Diane Glass, a communications specialist who
is an outside consultant on the project.
As many as 35 community teams will be trained in social marketing techniques.
The teams can then apply for grants of up to $5,000 to plan and carry out
their projects. Successful projects will give people with disabilities more
opportunities to participate in the life of their communities.
The community teams will include "people who know how to make things
happen," according to Bob Bacon, director of "Think Competence."
The teams will be encouraged to come up with specific, short-term projects
that highlight the competence and contributions of Iowans with disabilities.
Projects could include installing sliding doors in churches, finding productive
jobs for qualified workers with disabilities or creating recreational programs
that serve children with and without disabilities.
"We're open to anything that makes a community more inclusive,"
"Think Competence" is a two-year project coordinated by the UI
Center for Disabilities and Development and funded by the Iowa Governor's
Developmental Disabilities Council. The Center for Disabilities and Development
provides a wide range of health care and other services for people with disabilities
and their families. The center is one of the hospitals of UI Hospitals and
To learn more about "Think Competence" and how to join a community
team, contact Linda Murray at (319) 356-1523 or by e-mail email@example.com.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI
Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.