PADS envisions a world where
people with disabilities are empowered to
live the lives they choose.

PADS is dedicated to
the empowerment of people with disabilities
by people with disabilities, through
peer support, community education,
advocacy, and action.

PADS is a unique group
based in Linn County
devoted to
improving the lives of people with disabilities
since its inception in January 2003.

PADS members and guests generally meet last Fridays of each month at 1PM
We meet at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library
in a 2nd Floor meeting room
450 Fifth Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

PADS Board generally meets 2nd Mondays at 11:30 AM
also at the library

CANCELLED: PADS’ April Members’ Meeting
Instead, you may register for and attend the Fair Housing event below

Fair Housing Training
Disability, Dogs, and Doors

April 28, 2017

The event in Cedar Rapids is co-sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission
and will be held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown, in the Whipple Auditorium.

Come in the morning to hear about "Build It Right IOWA" and learn about the design and construction accessibility requirements for multifamily housing complexes. Then stay in the afternoon to hear about assistance animals and learn more about the duty of housing providers to provide reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.

The training is free and open to the public. Register early so you can be one of the 60 participants who will be guaranteed a seat, snacks, and presentation materials!

For more information regarding this important training, please go to

You may register at

REMEMBRANCE VIGIL for people with disabilities who have been murdered by family or caregivers
May 13th 1 PM at the Unity Center

Saturday, July 29th with the Kernels!!


WHO CAN COME TO PADS Member Meetings?
PADS is FOR people with disabilities, BY people with disabilities. We welcome people with all types and all kinds of disabilities. PADS is primarily a group for adults with disabilities of all ages, however youth, and kids with disabilities are definitely welcome!! PADS is open to EVERYONE!!

To be added to the PADS mailing list, or you have questions,
please contact us:
Cherie at 319-364-0037
or Robin at 319-362-4284
or use our PADS Online Contact Form

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