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’ February Members’ Meeting:
Friday, Feb. 22
1:30 - 3:00 PM

At 42nd Street Wendy’s for our 16th Anniversary celebration

PADS will provide $5.00 gift card towards lunch. See you there!


Thursday, March 28, 2019
1 PM to 3 PM
in Sedlacek Hall at Cottage Grove Place
2115 1st Av SE

If you are blind or experiencing loss of vision, life can be pretty scary if you don’t have any tools or connections to deal with the situation. Participating in a support group can help you find that you are not alone, and together we can share tips and tricks we have found to overcome difficulties posed by loss of vision. Though not a part of the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), support groups also act as a liaison with that state agency that provides training, equipment, and counseling to those with vision loss.

The Cedar Rapids blindness support group will have its first regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, 28 March 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. in Sedlacek Hall at Cottage Grove Place, 2115 1st Av SE, in Cedar Rapids. We plan to have monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday in the same location from then on.

Programing will be varied, including some of the following:

Jonathan Ice, recently retired from a 21-year career in blindness rehabilitation and himself blind, is spearheading the organization of this group. If you have questions, or want more information about the group, feel free to call him at 319-298-2919, or e-mail him at j k ice 89 at

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

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

April - Bowling at the CR Bowling Center
May - Dealing Gracefully with the Public
June - Picnic
July - Water Fight
August - Art Museum
September - African American Museum
October - Mivie
November - Relaxation

Save The Date
ADA Celebration

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Celebrating the ADA with Baseball, Fireworks and PADS, Peer Action Disability Suport
Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Veterans Memorial Stadium
3:30 pm - Picnic
6:35 pm - Ke rnels Game

ADA Save the Date Flyer - PDF

ADA Registration Form - PDF


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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