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Release: April 25, 2001

Disability rights advocate to speak in Iowa City April 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Norman Kunc, an educational consultant and disability rights advocate from British Columbia, Canada, will speak at a series of events sponsored by University Hospital School.

Kunc will speak on "Interpersonal Alchemy: Turning Resistance into Collaboration" at

7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Iowa City Public Library. His presentation will focus on building and maintaining coalitions within and between organizations. Some 20 campus and community groups are co-sponsoring this event. Childcare can be arranged by calling the Arc of Johnson County at (319) 351-5017.

Kunc will speak to staff and families at University Hospital School at 8 a.m. Friday, April 27 on "Ethical Issues Surrounding Physician-Assisted Suicide."

Kunc is known internationally for his workshops, writings and keynote addresses on inclusive communities, behavioral challenges in classrooms, conflict resolution, employment equity and disability rights issues. He is a lecturer with the Principal's Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is the author of "Ready, Willing, and Disabled."

Born with cerebral palsy, Kunc attended segregated schools for children with disabilities until age 13. His lectures use humor and personal experiences to challenge assumptions about disabilities in a society that worships normalcy and perfection.

Kunc also will speak to eighth-grade students at Southeast Junior High School while in Iowa City.

For more information, call David Leshtz, University Hospital School, at (319) 353-6523.