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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.

Why is Peer Action Disability Support so important?
PADS shares information on services that are not connected to any particular service provider for people facing physical, mental, or psychological barriers.
PADS brings together diverse groups of people who are at risk of being excluded from society and provides opportunities to identify and communicate shared values and priorities to influence positive systems change.
PADS, which is led by peers, seeks to elevate leadership within its membership to impact and improve the lives of local citizens.
PADS advocates change within local business and government to eliminate barriers experienced by persons with disabilities.

Due to COVID-19, member and peer support meetings are not being held at this time.

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

PADS’ Peer Support Meetings:
2nd Saturdays
1:00 - 3:00 PM

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 if you have questions,
Call Ingrid 319-431-7823
use our PADS Online Contact Form

Iowa Disability Advocates (IDA) is an informal group focused on connecting Iowans who are interested in disability issues to each other, and to the information WE need to be effective advocates. The IDA lLISTSERV receives no funding, so this message is only available electronically. Please help us spread the word that the IDA LISTSERV is available, Sign up for the IDA LISTSERV by sending a blank e-mail to: Iowa_Disability_Advocates-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

LINN DISABILITY INFO Serving Linn County (including Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, and all rural and urban parts of Linn County in Eastern Iowa) Send an email to Linn_Disability_Info-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

The PADS LISTSERV is for Members of PADS (Peer Action Disability Support) and anyone requesting info about PADS meetings, events, trainings, and programs & opportunities on an ON-GOING basis. To subscribe, send an email to: PADS_LISTSERV-subscribe@yahoogroups.com