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John Paul (JP) Horn
- What is your role in CDA?
I am a member of the Council on Disability Awareness. I serve on the council as a representative from a community agency, Access 2 Independence.
- What is your favorite thing about CDA?
My favorite aspect of the CDA is that it is made up from representatives from all across campus who care about how disability impacts the lives of students, staff, faculty, and the community.
- What is your position on campus?
I am an alumnus of the University of Iowa and stay involved with organizations on campus that are open to the community. I am the Development Director at Access 2 Independence.
- What is your disability or condition, if any, if you are comfortable sharing?
I have post traumatic stress disorder. It generally causes me a large amount of anxiety.
- What is your educational background?
- Master of Social Work, University of Iowa
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Cal State University-Bakersfield
- What advice would you give to a colleague on campus who has a (DIS)ability?
There are some fantastic resources available to staff and faculty who are in need of work place accommodations. I recommend contacting Faculty and Staff Disability Services on campus if they are in need of any reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
- What advice would you give to a student on campus who has a (DIS)ability?
Students who might be reluctant to contact Student Disability Services should know that there are very caring people in that office who want students to succeed. It's sometimes to take that first step, but after that step is taken, students will find a supportive group of people who can provide resources.
- Where is your favorite place to eat in town?
I enjoy the gyro pizza at Mesa.
- What is your favorite activity to do at UI?
Campus Activities Board has an amazing line-up of events every semester. I enjoy going to some of their movies on the weekends and the comedy concerts they throw throughout the year.
- What best disability-related practices or changes do you recommend to better our campus?
I think we need to do more to promote awareness of invisible disabilities in the community and on campus. Sometimes a person might have a disability which isn't readily noticeable, but they still need accommodations and support. I think we need to educate people on recognizing that disability isn't always visible.
Get to Know Other Members!
- Carly Armour, Student Disability Advisor, SDS
- Bob Harding, Utility Systems Specialist, UI Power Plant
- Teresa Kout, Participant Services Coordinator in Study Abroad, UI International Programs
- Kathy Ford, Administrative Coordinator & Assistant to the Chair in the School of Music
- Mike Hoenig, Program Coordinator at the Center for Disabilities and Development
- Brian Manternach, Facilities Accessibility Coordinator, Facilities Management – Building & Landscape Services
- Mark Harris, Director, Student Disability Services
- Tiffini Stevenson Earl, Compliance Specialist and ADA Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
- Peter Gerhard, Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center
- Rachel Gatewood, Campus Collaboration Specialist, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
- Jan Gorman, Director, Faculty and Staff Disability Services
- John Paul (JP) Horn, Independent Living Specialist, Access 2 Independence
- Cayla Wencl, Multicultural Specialist, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Stay tuned for future Members of the Month!