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Dubuque Human Rights Commission roundtable

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Dubuque Human Rights Commission will hold an Americans with Disabilities Act Roundtable July 8.

July 26, 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In honor of that anniversary the Human Rights Commission will hold a roundtable.  The event will take place on Thursday, July 8, 12:00 – 2:00 PM at Hills and Dales Community Center, 3505 Stoneman Road.

Topics discussed will include: how far our society and community has come since the passage of the ADA 20 years ago, and ways to establish where we can go from here to continue to support those living with disabilities in Dubuque. They will also touch base on what is happening at the state level.

The following organizations have confirmed participation in the roundtable discussion:

City of Dubuque Building Services (represented by Gary Blosch, Inspector II)
Clarke College (represented by Myra Benzer)
East Central Intergovernmental Association (represented by Mark Munson,Transportation Coordinator)
Hartig Drug (represented by Keith Bibelhausen, President)
Hills and Dales (represented by Marilyn Althoff, Executive Director)
Keystone Area Education Agency (represented by Brooke Gassman, Parent & Educator Coordinator)
Representative Pat Murphy, Speaker of the Iowa House

Expected attendees include: ARK Advocates, Camp Courageous of Iowa, Durrant Group Incorporated Architects and Engineers, Iowa Vocational Rehab Services, Proudly Accessible Dubuque, State Senator Pam Jochum, State Representative Chuck Isenhart, University of Dubuque Student Life, Tristate Blind Society, Tri-State Independent Blind Society, Inc.; Linda Lucy, Dubuque Assistant to U.S. Senator Harkin, author of the ADA; John Murphy, Dubuque Regional Outreach Director for U.S. Representative Braley; Mary Day, Cedar Rapids Regional Director for U.S. Senator Charles Grassley

These participants will discuss the following questions:

1. What are the challenges with transportation you see facing people with disabilities?
2. What are the challenges with education you see facing people with disabilities?
3. What are the challenges with housing you see facing people with disabilities?
4. What are the challenges with employment you see facing people with disabilities?
5. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) strives to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in employment, government, and places of public accommodation. Other laws similarly address equality of opportunity in housing and education. What progress do you think Dubuque has made with equal opportunity in the last 20 years?
6. Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are non-profit organizations run BY people with disabilities FOR people with disabilities. CILs provide four core services to consumer partners: information and referral, peer support, independent living skills training, and individual and systems advocacy. Would you like to see such a Center in Dubuque?

The general public is encouraged to attend the event. Questions can be presented orally or in written form at the roundtable, or submitted by July 1 to Kelly Larson at humanrgt@cityofdubuque.org, through our on-line survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2WL6CFD or by regular mail c/o Dubuque Human Rights Commission, 1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001. Comments will be summarized with a final report available in August, and will be used by the Human Rights Commission for future planning.

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