CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 11, 2002
NOTE TO EDITORS: Media representatives
are invited to cover this workshop April 17-18. The Center for Disabilities
and Development is located at 100 Hawkins Drive, between the UI College of
Dentistry and the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic. For assistance
in covering this event, call Bob Bacon at (319) 356-1335.
Center forms community
strategy teams to support people with disabilities
The Center for Disabilities
and Development at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has helped form
teams of Iowans dedicated to making their communities more inclusive for people
effort is part of "Think Competence," a two-year project coordinated
by the Center for Disabilities and Development and funded by the Iowa Governor's
Developmental Disabilities Council. The center provides a wide range of health
care and other services for people with disabilities and their families.
The 35 teams come from 25
counties in Iowa. Team members will attend a workshop April 17-18 at the center
that will provide training and tools to implement their plans.
The community teams include
"people who know how to make things happen," according to Bob Bacon,
director of "Think Competence." The teams include people with disabilities,
city and county officials, community providers, advocates, clergy, and business
people as members. The teams will be encouraged to come up with specific,
short-term projects that highlight the competence and contributions of Iowans
"Improving the quality
of life for people with disabilities improves everyone's lives," said
Diane Glass, a communications specialist who is a consultant on the project.
Glass, a former marketing director for the Des Moines Register, will train
more than 100 conference participants in social marketing techniques. 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.
state and national leaders will also present at the conference, which begins
the morning of April 17 and concludes at noon on April 18.
more information about the conference, call Bob Bacon at (319) 356-1335.
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