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Workshop to Help Organizations Plan for Visitors of All Abilities

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting
the workshop “Inclusion Programming and Universal Design” on Wednesday, March 24,
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at the African American
Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Whether you work with a farm, museum, historic site or park; we all strive to offer our
visitors the best experience possible. We should plan for the inclusion of people with
special needs from the beginning. This session will cover the philosophy of inclusion,
respectful accommodations and supporting positive behavior. Learn the best practices
to engage audiences in positive participation at your facility.

We will also look at the basic principles of Universal Design in creating environments,
products and communications within the workplace. Participants will learn how to design
for people of all abilities without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

The workshop will be presented by Susie Lund and David Thomson. Susie is the
Inclusion Director with the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County and is a trainer of Kids
Included Together (KIT). David is the Outdoor Recreation Planner and Midwest Region
Accessibility Coordinator for the National Park Service.

“We believe all should be able to experience our heritage. Not just because it is the law,
but because it is the right thing to do,” remarked Candy Streed, SSNHA Program &
Partnership Director.

Registration is due March 17 and limited to 40 participants. The registration fee is $25
per person affiliated with a designated SSNHA Partner Site and $50 per person for all
other participants. Registration forms are available online under the “Resources” section
at For additional information contact Candy Streed,

Program & Partnership Director at 319-234-4567 or
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage
areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage
Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on
the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs
and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and

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