Two special events are planned in Iowa City later this month to mark the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the civil rights law that bars discrimination toward people with disabilities with regard to employment, public services, public accommodations and telecommunications.

On Friday, July 22, 2016, Tai Tomasi, a disability rights attorney with Disability Rights of Iowa, will give a presentation at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street. A long-term advocate for the blind, she will tell her personal story, present information regarding professionals’ legal obligations under the ADA, and discuss ableism and what people can do to counteract it. There is no fee, and the event is open to the public.

Tomasi’s presentation is sponsored by the ARC of Southeast Iowa, the City of Iowa City, and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.

The following day, on Saturday, July 23, the Downtown Iowa City Ped Mall will be the site of “Nothing Is Impossible,” a celebration of 26 years of the ADA. The public is invited to join in the event from 10 a.m. to noon to commemorate the anniversary of access for all, with speakers and entertainment scheduled. Refreshments will be provided, compliments of Lucky’s Market in Iowa City. There is no fee to participate in the event.

The Downtown celebration is sponsored by Access 2 Independence, ARC of Southeast Iowa, City of Iowa City, Combined Efforts, Epilepsy Foundation, Goodwill of the Heartland, Heritage Agency, Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP), National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Federation of the Blind, Sheraton Hotel, Systems Unlimited, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Center for Disabilities and Development, the University of Iowa School of Social Work, and Uptown Bill’s Coffee House.

For more information, contact Simon Andrew with the City Manager’s Office at 319-356-5010 or

Date of publication

Wednesday, July 06, 2016