CANCELLED: February Expressive Arts Uptown Bill’s

Due to staff illness, we are sorry to announce that tonight’s February Expressive Art Group at Uptown Bill’s will be cancelled.

We look forward to seeing everyone next month on Tuesday, March 6th.

Expressive Art Group – Painting Pumpkins


It’s that time of the year when pumpkins are everywhere!

Let’s join in on the October spirit by painting some pumpkins!

Uptown Bill’s
730 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Tuesday, October 3rd at 4:30PM


R Place Peer Center
10 East Benton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Friday, October 27th at 3:00PM


Medicaid Privatization Forum

Has Medicaid Privatization in Iowa Achieved its Goals?

A Medicaid Privatization Forum

November 13, 2017

2:00pm – 4pm at the Coralville Public Library

(Please park on the lower level)

Listen to the report on the status as seen by Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the 3 MCO’s.

Then, hear the status as seen by consumers, providers, and advocates. *

Explore what steps can be taken to improve the program.

The purpose of this event is:

To report on the status of Medicaid Privatization in Iowa and to explore what can be done to improve the program.

The three Medicaid Privatization goals were:

  • Improve quality and access
  • Promote accountability for outcomes
  • Create a more predictable and sustainable Medicaid budget.
    • It was going to save money.

Your story & your suggestions are important!

We hope to see you there!

*If you wish to share your story or suggest what can be done to improve the program – please email

This forum is sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging and Johnson County Case Management.

Expressive Art Group: Nature Print

exp arts example nature print.pngBefore Summer leaves this year, let’s venture outside and soak up the last of the Summer Sun with Nature Print Paper!  Thanks to some simple chemistry, this special paper reacts to sunlight creating print images from items placed on top of the paper.  We will be setting up our designs and sun printing our work, weather permitting.  Once the design develops, we soak the paper in water for a minute, dry the paper, then our artwork is complete!

R Place Peer Center
10 East Benton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Friday, August 25th at 3:00PM

Uptown Bill’s
730 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Tuesday, September 5th at 4:30PM

Adventure Together: An Adaptive Outing and Fun Run


Place: Cedar Lake Trail
Time: 10am – 2pm (come when you can ~ there is no official start time)
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Registration: $10.00

Participants can run, walk, or roll the trail while checking out adaptive KAYAKING and BIKING along the lake. The proceeds of this event will benefit SportAbility of Iowa & Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor, two community organizations who promote the inclusion and self-determination of Iowa’s disabled population.

To register before the event day, please click below or visit our Eventbrite page here.

Eventbrite - Adventure Together: An Adaptive Outing and Fun Run

A registration table will be set up at the entrance to the event if you wish to register that day. Registration will get you access to the event activities including the raffle drawings, which will be available for participation throughout the day.


Voter Registration Drive: Update!

We want to send a big THANK YOU out to everyone that came out to register to vote over National Disability Registration Week!

We had a great time at both the Cedar Rapids Public Library and the Coralville Public Library, and are so thankful to them for hosting us!

Additionally, we want to thank Julie from the Johnson County League of Women Voters for donating her time and energy to help with the Coraliville event.

Expressive Arts: Yarn Painting

IMG_0663In the spirit of summer, Expressive Art Groups will be making yarn painted flowers!  We will be gluing strips of yarn to create colorful flower images.  Patterns will be provided in case anyone would like extra direction, but feel free to be as creative and unique as you would like in your floral creations!

R Place Peer Center
10 East Benton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Friday, July 28th at 3:00PM

Uptown Bill’s
730 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Tuesday, August 1st at 4:30PM

Expressive Arts: Salt Fireworks



Join us on Tuesday, July 11th at Uptown Bill’s for this month’s Expressive Art Group!

This month we will be painting salt fireworks, so bring your July 4th enthusiasm!


Uptown Bill’s Coffee House
730 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Tuesday, July 11th
4:30PM – 6:00PM

Voter Registration Drive

Access 2 Independence is participating in a national effort to make the DISABILITY VOTE more influential. This effort, known as the REV UP Campaign, has designated July 17-21, 2017 as National Disability Voter Registration Week in advance of the November elections.

Access 2 Independence will be participating in this effort by holding two voter registration drives, one in Linn County on July 18th and the other in Johnson County on July 20th.  Additional information about each event can be found below.  We will have both regular and the new large print voter registration documents available.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Linn County Voter Registration

Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 5th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

July 18th
1:00PM to 4:00PM

We will be located on the main floor in the children’s area

Johnson County Voter Registration

Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241

July 20th
10:00AM to 1:00PM

We will be located on the main floor in the lobby area

Expressive Arts: Painted Fish

“The Expressive Arts group seeks to provide a supportive, friendly, nurturing environment for people of all backgrounds and abilities to explore and discover creative self-expression through art.”

Expressive Arts Group is open to people with any type of disability and a friend living in the Johnson County area. We welcome all artistic levels, even beginners. This group is free and supplies are included. We look forward to seeing you!


Iphone 5.26.17 115


Get ready for some under the sea painting!

Our art project will be newspaper painted fish.  We have a variety of ocean creatures to create, so stop by one for one of our programs!




Join us on Friday, May 26th from 3-4 p.m. at R Place Peer Center, or Tuesday, June 6th at Uptown Bills.