Our news section is dedicated to sharing pertinent information about these key issue areas, stories about individuals affiliated with and affected by policies in these areas, as well as news about The Harkin Institute itself.
Senator Tom Harkin (retired) and Jessica Cox, the world's first and only pilot without arms celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 24, 2020, with a special flight in Jessica's custom Ercoupe. Jessica is a lifelong...read more
Senator Tom Harkin (retired) sat down with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to discuss the ADA at 30 for NCSL's podcast, Our American States. Address: 2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311 Phone: 515-271-3623 Fax Number:...read more
Iowa PBS premiered a new documentary Accessibility Now with a special panel discussion with Joseph Jones and individuals featured in the film. Accessibility Now explores the ADA's past, present and future as seen by Iowans with disabilities. Senator Tom...read more
Harkin Institute Policy Director Amy Bentley appeared on a special edition of Iowa Press about the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Iowa PBS. Other guests included David Mitchell, administrator of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation...read more
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Microsoft created a video series, Simple Things Count, that offers seven ways to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. As part of the series, Senator Harkin shared a story...read more
Senator Tom Harkin (retired) was motivated to advocate for disability legislation by his brother, Frank, who became deaf at an early age. Read more about his reflections on the 30th anniversary of the ADA in this article by The Des Moines Register....read more
A new paper by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that calorie labels on restaurant menus have an influence on consumer decisions. The paper also explains why such policies work and how results vary across different populations. Calorie...read more