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CDA Member, Secretary
Brian Manternach

Brian Manternach


  1. What is your role in CDA and how long have you been a member?
    • I am currently a Secretary and have been a member since October of 2011.

  2. What is your favorite thing about CDA?
    • Besides the diversity of the group and the wonderful people they all are; I would have to say it is the member’s energy and enthusiasm to partner with the UI in transforming itself into an environment that is inviting and supportive to all individuals. The CDA is very much a working/action committee.

  3. What is your position on campus?
    • I work for Facilities Management – Building & Landscape Services where I serve as the Facilities Accessibility Coordinator.

  4. What is your disability or condition, if any, if you are comfortable sharing?
    •  n/a

  5. What is your educational background?
    • Northeast Iowa Community College – Construction & Building Materials Management
  1. What advice would you give to a colleague on campus who has a (DIS)ability?
    • Many individuals with disabilities are reluctant to request an accommodation for themselves because of various reasons. I would like to advise all individuals with disabilities to seek out a way for them to improve their own life and environment as well as the lives and environments of all individuals with disabilities.

  2. What advice would you give to a student on campus who has a (DIS)ability?
    • The same as I would to a colleague in #6

  3. Where is your favorite place to eat in town?
    • I suppose Monica’s would rate right up there. I like their causal atmosphere and diverse customer age group they seem to attract. And of course the food and drink too!

  4. What is your favorite activity to do at UI?
    • My son Blake has been performing with the UI Johnson County Landmark jazz orchestra band and I really enjoy attending their performances.

  5. What best disability-related practices or changes do you recommend to better our campus?
    •  I will only name one and that is to reframe disability from a medical model to a social model. The medical model that our society is currently accustomed to focuses on the individual, as though they have a problem, and that the problem needs to be fixed/cured by experts. The social model is society-focused, acknowledging that the person with an impairment is only disabled by society and the environment that surrounds them.

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