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Release: Dec. 18, 2000
Iowa Law Review publishes special ADA-related issue
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The current special issue of the "Iowa Law Review"
examines the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and includes an introduction
by Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson commemorating the 10th anniversary
of the passage of the law. Vilsack and Pederson describe how the ADA has created
economic and social opportunities for persons with disabilities and how Americans
of all abilities may continue to expand their opportunities to change our
The August 2000 issue also contains comments by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and
the findings of a new study "The Emerging Workforce of Entrepreneurs
with Disabilities: Preliminary Study of Entrepreneurship in Iowa." That
piece is one of few studies that have examined self-employment as an option
for persons with disabilities and is co-authored with law professors Peter
Blanck and Leonard Sandler, and by two other ADA specialists, James Schmeling
and Helen Schartz, of Iowa's Law, Health Policy & Disability Center (LHPDC).
The study explores the composition, quality, and competitiveness of the
emerging workforce of persons with disabilities. The study supports other
government studies showing that entrepreneurship is vital to the U.S. economy,
and, importantly, continues to promote economic growth and attitudinal change
for disabled persons. Self-employment and entrepreneurship are part of a nationwide
strategy to help disabled people transition from unemployment, underemployment,
or entitlement-based programs to gainful employment and self-sufficiency.
Blanck says their research may help others in making assessments in health
care reform, welfare reform, technological reform, and attitudinal change.
The group's investigation also looks at how self-employment expands employment
opportunities and improves the quality of life for people with disabilities
Blanck and his colleagues note that despite encouraging trends, further
research must examine the causes of high unemployment levels facing persons
"Policymakers, employers, and members of the disability community must
discuss labor force strategies in ways that articulate the values and goal
of the nation's policies affecting persons with disabilities," Blanck
Michael Stein, assistant professor, College of William & Mary School
of Law; Robert Silverstein, director of the Center for the Study and Advancement
of Disability Policy; Bruce G. Flynn, former director of the disability management
for the Washington Business Group on Health; and David Ricksecker, UI law
student, also provided articles for the special ADA issue.
Blanck and Walter Olson, senior fellow, The Manhattan Institute, debated
in a final piece called, "The Unintended Consequences of the Americans
with Disabilities Act."
To obtain copies of the ADA issue, contact the "Iowa Law Review"
staff at (319) 335-9132 or e-mail ILR@uiowa.edu
For more information about the Law, Health Policy & Disability Research,
or accessible version of research reports, contact the Disability Center at
(319) 335-8458 or on-line at http://www.its.uiowa.edu/law