The Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply to the federal judiciary. However, pursuant to United States Judicial Conference policy, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities, including communication disabilities.
All courtrooms are equipped with infrared transmitters for those with hearing disabilities. Headsets can be obtained from the courtroom deputy. Upon request, the court will prepare its orders and opinions in enlarged type to accommodate the visually impaired. The court can also enter orders requiring parties to prepare documents in enlarged type. The court can, upon prior notice, arrange for American Sign Language interpreters and Real Time Transcription services for proceedings. If you or your client need such services during a court proceeding, please contact the Clerk's Office at least ten days in advance of the scheduled proceeding date to make the necessary arrangements. Please note the court does not provide written transcripts of these arranged services.
The courthouses are wheel chair accessible. All restrooms are wheel chair accessible. All individuals seeking entrance to the courthouses must present a valid, government-issued ID and pass through security, including a metal detector. Individuals with pacemakers or cochlear implants may request wand screening. Elevators are equipped with braille signage and orally announce floors. The elevator cabs are equipped with emergency call features to accommodate those with seeing and hearing impairments. Braille signage is also in place throughout the court's floors and at the courtroom entrances. Smoke detectors are equipped with strobe lights.
The court does not provide public parking at either courthouse location. Street parking and parking garages surrounding the courthouses have handicapped spaces available to the public.