CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 25, 2001
UI law students join transportation experts at April 28-29 forum
IOWA CITY Two University of Iowa College of Law professors will join
local and national experts as panelists discussing "The ADA and Beyond"
at the April 28-29 Alternative Transportation Forum. The forum begins at 8
a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.
The forum will address the broad range of transportation policies and issues
that rural and urban communities across Iowa must confront and resolve, including
those relating to automobiles, trails, paratransit, bus, rail and air service
and, foremost, alternative "green transportation."
Coalition Chairperson Marilyn Belman says communities should care deeply
about public and private transportation services, given the changes in the
business climate in downtown Iowa City and other towns. "It is a revitalization
issue that touches on environmental concerns, social and economic transportation
and quality of life," she said.
Barbara McMillen of the Federal Highway Administration, ADA expert Michele
Ohmes, and "Asphalt Nation" author Jane Holtz Kay will make this
an exciting conference, said Belman.
Geoff Larson and Mandy Southard are second-year law students enrolled in
the University of Iowa Clinical Law Program. They work closely with the Coalition
and provide legal and technical assistance on several issues, including parks
and recreation, paratransit, accessibility of businesses and public and private
facilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Their efforts are supervised by Clinical Professor Len Sandler, who is also
co-director of the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center.
Larson will discuss who is eligible to use paratransit services, what recourse
riders have when they are denied service or have problems, how the courts
and agencies have handled these issues, and what communities are doing to
improve their services. Southard will focus on the ADA's minimum requirements
and the level of service now provided by the Johnson County SEATS paratransit
program. Sandler will be available to field and answer questions about federal
and state laws and cases.
Other "ADA and Beyond" panelists are Michele Ohmes, Tom Brase,
SEATS Operations Supervisor; Jane Nelson-Kuhn, director of the Black Hawk
County Independent Living Center; and Brian McClatchey, who is in charge of
the University of Iowa Bionic Bus service.
The forum is hosted by the Johnson County Coalition for Persons with Disabilities
and other organizations. For more information about registration and about
the forum, contact Marilyn Belman at (319) 338-3946.