CONTACT: TOM SNEE
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 23, 2002
UI to honor Walz, Dawson and history department for improving access for
Drs. Robert David Dawson and Thomas Walz and the UI department of history
will be honored by the UI Council on Disability Awareness to recognize their
efforts to enhance access to campus facilities and services for persons with
The ceremony for this years award recipients will be Thursday, Oct.
24 at 4 p.m. in The Commons, Room 305, Schaeffer Hall. Vladimir Cuk, a renowned
disability activist, will also speak.
The ceremony is free and open to the public.
The history department is being recognized for its efforts to accommodate
four graduate students with disabilities. Dawson is founder of the Iowa Center
for Assistive Technology and Educational Resources, which uses such technologies
as books-on-tape, voice-activated software, scanning and reading software,
and Kurzweil printers to help disabled students fully understand their class
and study material. Walz, professor emeritus in the School of Social Work,
helped Bill Sackter open Wild Bill's Coffeeshop in the School of Social Work
and secured a Community Development Block Grant to develop an offshoot program,
Uptown Bills Small Mall, which opened in September of 2001.