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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.