IOWA FALLS, IOWA (July 13, 2020) — Tune in to statewide Iowa PBS for Iowa Press Special: Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday, July 20, at 8:30PM. This 30-minute special will feature a panel of experts discussing the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the current and future status of public policy for various disability communities. Iowa Press Special: Americans with Disabilities Act will also be available to stream on demand on iowapbs.org and the PBS Video App.
The panel will include Alex Watters, Sioux City councilman and disability-rights advocate; Amy Bentley, policy director for The Harkin Institute at Drake University; and David Mitchell, administrator for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Joining moderator Kay Henderson will be Erin Murphy, Des Moines bureau chief for Lee Enterprises. Iowa Press Special: Americans with Disabilities Act will be recorded Friday, July 17, at 10:30AM.
Iowa Press Special: Americans with Disabilities Act is part of Move to Include, a national initiative that uses the power of public media to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion. Iowa PBS is providing special programming throughout July that spotlights people with differing abilities and disability issues including education, health-care, housing, recreation, employment, and advocating for positive change. The statewide network is organizing community partnerships, acquiring and creating content, and providing outreach, engagement, and promotion for the initiative. Iowa PBS is also contributing content to the PBS LearningMedia collection used by teachers, families, and students free of charge.
Iowa PBS joins PBS affiliates WFYI (Indianapolis), OPB (Oregon), WGCU (Southwest Florida) and WCNY (Syracuse) in this national endeavor, led by WXXI Public Media (Rochester, NY). Move to Include was launched in 2014 as a local partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation has provided more than $1 million in funding to date for Move to Include in Rochester. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded the initiative a $645,000 grant to help expand the multimedia initiative to these five public media organizations over 16 months. The stations are creating programming to meet their community needs while expanding awareness regionally and nationally.
To learn more about Move to Include and the work of all six stations, visit movetoinclude.us. To learn more about Iowa PBS's Move to Include programs and events, visit iowapbs.org/movetoinclude.
Program support for Iowa Press is provided by: Associated General Contractors of Iowa, Iowa Bankers Association and FUELIowa.
Please note: Guests are not available for post-show interviews.
Recording Friday, July 17, at 10:30AM
Premiering Monday, July 20, at 8:30PM
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