CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Nov. 2, 2001
Disability law center shares U.S. Department of Labor workforce grant
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Law Health Policy & Disability Center at the
University of Iowa will receive $100,000 as part of a $1.2 million U.S. Department
of Labor grant that is intended to increase employment opportunities for adults
with disabilities and the state and local programs that serve them.
The director of the Center and principal investigator of the project, law
professor Peter Blanck, notes that the grant was disbursed to aid One-Stop
Career Centers, which are federally backed networks of employment, training
and educational programs offered by states. The project also is to assist
state and local Workforce Investment Boards and leaders who oversee adult-oriented
The Iowa Disability Center is one of eight programs and national organizations
that will receive a portion of the funds as partners of the National Disability
Technical Assistance Consortium on Employment of Adults with Disabilities,
which received the grant from the Department of Labor.
Blanck said that "the grant will compliment existing grants and contracts
to the Center which fund technical assistance and research projects in Iowa
and nationally." Additionally, the labor department grant is renewable
at $1.2 million for up to five years and, if renewed, the Center would expect
to receive annually $100,000.
In all, the labor department is poised to distribute $11.3 million this
year in grants in support of the president's New Freedom Initiative, instituted
to remove barriers to community living and employment for people with disabilities.
In a statement announcing the awarding of the grants, Elaine L. Chao, U.S.
Labor Secretary, said that the various grantees are tasked with developing
model programs or technical assistance initiatives that "strengthen the
capacity" of the programs "to serve people with disabilities."
The Law Health Policy & Disability Center collaborates with law, health
care and rehabilitation professionals, and policy-makers to devise new and
enhance existing programs and policies that increase the quality of life and
the employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. For more information
about the Centers projects, visit http://www.its.uiowa.edu/law/.