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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa _4A The Ceflar S.ipids Gazette: Sun., April 7, 1974 Citizens' Unit Has Reached 3 Goals for Handicapped By Mike Deupree If you've been downtown re- cently, you may have noticed signs like the one pictured on this page adorning doors to some public buildings and bu- sinesses. The signs, a "stick figure" of a person in a wheelchair, indicate the building has facil- ities that are accessible to handicapped persons. The signs and the cam- paign that made them possi- ble are largely the work of the Citizens' Committee for the HANDIcapped. 699 THE COMUnTTEE was formed, more or less sponta- neously, in late 1972. Although it Is affiliated with the gover- nor's committee for the han- dicapped, and works closely with local units of government and social services, the com- mittee is not an official arm of any governmental or ser- vice body. It's just a group of people, representing various facets of the community, who are con- cerned about the special prob- lems faced by handicapped persons in everyday life, how to help solve those problems and how to educate others about the problems. The group was instrumental in working with the city coun- cil to formulate a new build- ing code, which provides that all public buildings must be accessible to the handicapped. Another aspect of the com- mittee's work that's not as well known is its effort in find- ing jobs for handicapped per- sons. Working with the state em- ployment service and depart- ment of vocational rehabili- tation, the committee regular- ly sends newsletters to em- ployers listing qualified, han- dicapped persons who are available in the work force, e e e JACK GILBERT, 2525 Towne House drive NE, said the newsletter has been so ef- fective that other similar groups around the state have difficulty believing it works as well as it does. Over 100 persons have been listed in the newsletters. on YD by 15 Organizations A "VD Inform-a-Thon" will be held April 27 with the aim of reaching every home with edu- cational material, officials of the Cedar Rapids-Marion Ven- ereal Disease Task Force nounced Saturday. In announcing plans for the educational undertaking, Mrs. Clinton Dennis, chairman of the task force which includes repre- sentatives from 15 organiza- tions, also named chairmen for other projects being mapped by the group. Richard Hayslip, a Jaycee representative on the task force, will head the Task force committee members and representatives of partici- pating organizations are start- ing to recruit additional volun- teers for the project. "All the volunteers will be asked to do is deliver education- al Mrs. Dennis ex- plained. "There will not be any solicitation for funds." Representatives of the 15 or- ganizations to the VD Task Force will meet April 17 at p.m. to map final plans for the project. The meeting will be held at St. Luke's hospital. Mrs. Darryl Cheney, who, with Mrs. Dennis, represents the St. Luke's auxiliary on the task force, is chairman of spe- cial projects for the education- oriented organization. In addi- tion to the the special projects division in- cludes a crisis line with Alison Yarnold of Foundation II as chairman; information and re-! man; and legislation, Mrs. Gene Carson, federal government VD task force, chairman. Other committee chairmen listed Saturday by Mrs. Dermi and the organizations they rep resent on the task force are: Dr. Marian Barnes, Linn County Medical society, medica commmittee; Marty Ralston Linn county public health de partment, public health commit tee; Phil Kuhn, Jaycees, speak ers' bureau; Robert Sample Jaycees, publications; Mrs Phillip Vesey, Mercy hospital auxiliary, membership and vol unteer recruitment; Larry Erb, Jaycees, finance, and Davic Spatola, Jaycees, publicity. Sue Peta, representing the mayor's youth council, is serv- ing as task force secretary. Other organizations represent- ed on the task force are St. Juke's and Mercy hospitals, ferral, Madge County Health Phillips, Linn center, chair- Jnn County Assn., Cedar Pharmaceutical Rapids public schools, city government and Family Planning clinic. Persons who would like to vol- unteer to assist with the "In- form-a-Thon" or would like to schedule speakers who can dis- cuss venereal disease control and eradication are invited to elephone the Cedar Rapids Jay- cees office, 364-5135 Highest Price The highest price paid at an auction for a painting was the 'Portrait of Juan de sometimes known as "The Slave of sold for in 1970 to the Wildr enstein Gallery of New York. Mike Deupree "It's my understanding that over half of these people have found jobs as a result of the Gilbert said. "It's been pretty successful." Gilbert, chairman of the committee, said the newslet- ters provide an unemployed person with more exposure to prospective employers than he can get through other employ- ment services. The names for the list are compiled by the state employ- ment, and rehabilitation ser- vices, which certify the appli- cants as job-ready. The newsletters are then printed by the committee and mailed to employers. In a typ- ical case, an employer looking for a bookkeeper would per- haps find, in his morning mail, a newsletter listing a qualified bookkeeper who's looking for work. The system isn't magic or mysterious, Gilbert explained, but simply a way employers can be made more aware of trained persons in the work force who happen to b handicapped. Browning is Elks' Rule DeWayne Browning D e W a y n e Browning, 6 rorty-second street NE, was ir stalled last week as exalte ruler of the BPOE Elks lodg 251. Other new officers are Joh Neuhaus, esteemed leadin might; Daniel Ockenfels, e eemed loyal knight; Harold G h a e f e r, esteemed lecturin knight; Harry W. Dunker, etary; Thaddeus J. Snarzyk iler; Peter Bailey, esquire 3ob Kacena, inner guard; Wi i a m Vermocka, treasurer W. B. "Bob" Blake, chaplain and George E. Hill, jr., trustee You are invited to our The Morris Plan consumer loan and securities investment office located in downtown Cedar Rapids in the American Building has just completed the remodeling of their first floor office area. We have enlarged our quarters and expanded our personnel to serve you more efficiently in comfortable and colorful surroundings. Friends like you have always helped us celebrate these occasions. On April 8 and 9 we will hold an Open House. Come visit our garden and fountain display. There will be refreshments and free seeds for everyone. With over fifty prizes available, you could win a blooming, potted plant or garden accessory. Swing into Spring and grow wilh us! Hours: Monday, April 8 to Tuesday, April 9 to Morris America Financial Corporation 100 American Building Cedar Rapids. Iowa 52401 Besides helping the han- dicapped to find jobs, the committee is concerned with removing architectural bar- riers. o A SURVEY was taken in a 20-block area downtown last year, to determine what build- ings and businesses are acces- sible to persons in wheel- chairs. Out of 175 places surveyed, 77 were found to be eligible for the new decal that desig- nates them as accessible. Ease of entry was the main criterion. The places with decals on the front door either have no change in elevation from the sidewalk to the buildings or have gently-slop- ing ramps instead of stairs. Rest room facilities are an- other matter. Some of the buildings with decals don't have those facilities. The com- mittee "approved" them any- way, because they are the type businesses where persons would be unlikely to spend a large amount of time. Ed Winter, city building of- ficial and a member of the committee, said almost all business men have been coop- erative with the committee's efforts, including some who were not found to be accessi- ble. "A number have asked what they can do to he said. In several cases, par- Meetings, Tours Hf Junior Highs Informational meetings and tours of the buildings will be held Monday at p.m. at Franklin' and McKinley, two of the four older junior high schools scheduled for remodel- ing. Parents and the general pub- lic are invited to attend either of the two meetings, which are being sponsored by the Parent- Teacher-Student Assn. Meetings were held last week at Wilson and Roosevelt. Floor plans and summaries of the work to be done will be available in each building. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the renova- tion plans and the proposed bond issue. A referendum on the mil- lion bond issue for remodeling Franklin, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Wilson junior high schools is set for April 30. SEVENTY-SEVEN of 175 businesses surveyed in a 20-block area downtown are entitled to display this sign on their doors, indicating the premises are accessible to handicapped persons. The decals and the survey are the Wort of the Citizens' Committee -for the HANDIcapped. ticularly where only minor modifications are necessary, businesses not now entitled to the decal may have one soon. The city council has also acted to ease the way, with ramps and rest room modifi- cations in city buildings, and by eliminating the step from the curb when an asphalt overlay was put on downtown streets. The third goal of the com- m i 11 e e creating greater awareness of handicapped persons, is being realized with a series of annual awards. 8 A BANQUET will be held May 10 to present the awards, and will be attended by Gov. Robert Ray. Last year, outstanding em- ployer awards went to Link- Belt Speeder and the Town House Motor Inn, while Bob Stock, an employe of Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., was named outstanding em- ploye. Special awards for meri- torious service went to the city, Winter, Bill Pohorsky of the Greater Downtown Cedar Rapids Assn. and the Sorop- timist club. Regis Concert Is Wednesday The Regis high school concert band will present a spring pops concert Wednesday at 8 p.m. in :he school gym. The program will include 'Toccata for Band" by Erick- son; "Big Four" by King; selec- tions from "Hello, ar- by Cacavas; "Chelsea Suile" by Thielman, and "God- spell Medley" arranged by Bul- lock. 30 YEARS AGO Japanese forces driving west through In- dia's Manipur state reached the Imphal area and were engaging British troops. Fashion takes The white suit a nostalgic look of crisp, cool elegance. Comfortable and care- free.Whi'te on white 100% texturized polyester. 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