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UPDATE: IA Gov. Responses to Test Iowa Accessibility Concerns

May 27, 2020
Credit IA Gov. Kim Reynolds/Facebook

An update from Siouxland Public Media on concerns raised by disability advocates concerning Test Iowa.

The Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland and Executive Director Don Dew contacted the Governor and Iowa Department of Public Health a week ago to say there was no planning for the Test Iowa program to include people with disabilities.  Testing requires someone to drive through the site.

A week later, Governor Kim Reynolds said Test Iowa isn’t the only option.   

“It’s another tool in the tool box.  See if friends and family can help get them some help.  They also have the option to get tested through hospitals and clinics.”

“Let’s look at it in the context of what is available and figure out a way to find a solution, instead of focusing on one element that we provide for Iowans.”

Don Dew didn’t receive a response from the Governor. 

But, did hear her comments during a news conference on Wednesday.

“Yes, it might be one of the tools in the toolbox like she said.  But, it was the main tool she promoted and she spent $26 million on and did not make it accessable.”

Dew says Test Iowa breaks the law.

“FEMA is reimbursing what she originally sent out. So, with federal money she has to make sure there is compliance with  not only the Rehabilitation Act but also the Americans with Disability Act.”

The Governor’s Office or Iowa Department of Public Health didn’t respond to two emails from Siouxland Public Media concerning the original letter sent by the Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland.

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