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Release: Nov. 4, 1999

UI observes 9th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A public forum will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, to discuss issues related to 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 ninth anniversary of the passage of this landmark legislation, the forum discussion will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Lucas-Dodge Room at 256 IMU.

The forum, hosted by the UI Council on Disability Awareness (CDA) and the Office of Affirmative Action, will provide an exchange of information on how the campus is meeting its ADA goals as well as suggestions for improvements.

This year’s presentation is titled "Depression in the UI Community: Facilitating Access with Reasonable Accommodations." Panelists include: Dr. Bruce Pfohl, Department of Psychiatry, UIHC; Nancee Blum, Psychiatric Social Worker, UIHC; Jan Gorman, UI Office of Faculty and Staff Disability Services; and Christopher Olsen, UI Office of Student Disability Services.

"We are engaged in an ongoing effort on campus to create a more accessible and hospitable environment for people with disabilities. The forum provides a useful dialogue between university personnel who implement the ADA and people with disabilities who are employees or who use our programs and facilities," says Susan Mask, director of the UI Office of Affirmative Action and ADA Coordinator.

"The CDA encourages community-wide participation in the forum. Individuals will learn useful information about how they can better access the campus community," says Carol Gruber, CDA Co-chair.

Members of the community, students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. People with disabilities who need an accommodation to participate in this event or have questions about the ADA should call (319) 335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697 (text).