National Mental Health Awareness Event with Keynote Speaker Dior Vargas
May 10, 2022
- This event will take place in Des Moines, IA with in person satellite locations in Sioux City, Mason City, Dubuque, Davenport, Fairfield, and Council Bluffs. This event will also be Livestreamed.
- Dior will share with us her personal journey of growing up at the intersection of being a Queer Latina Feminist experiencing mental health symptoms without fully understanding her symptoms, and navigating her symptoms in her community that did not understand or accept her mental health symptoms. Dior will speak about the impact not being accepted or including in her community had on her mental health and her life. Dior will share what she learn through her personal experiences regarding her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act as a person with mental health diagnosis. Dior will also talk about learning that her mental health diagnosis is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA, changed and empowered her life, her work, and her mental health advocacy.
December 8, 2021
- Disability Rights Iowa will be hosting our second of our Town Halls dedicated to introducing our new Executive Director, Catherine Johnson, to communities across Iowa to learn about the Disability Rights Issues facing all communities.
Long COVID in Employment: Access, Rights, and Experiences
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration Event
October 29, 2021
- Panelists will discuss lived experiences with long-COVID, working during COVID, rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how COVID impacts the disability community.