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Release: Oct. 9, 2001
Law disability research center nets $1.5 million grant
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
Research of the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Law, Health Policy
& Disability Center (LHPDC) at the University of Iowa College of Law a
five-year, $1,500,000 grant.
Titled "IT Works," the projects goal is to help reduce the
shortage of trained IT (information technology) workers and increase the employment
of individuals with disabilities.
Law Professor Peter Blanck is director of the LHPDC and principal investigator.
According to Blanck, "There is a dramatic demand for, and a shortage
of, trained IT workers. Research shows that the percentage of working-age
individuals with disabilities in full- or part-time positions is substantially
lower than the percentage of working-age people without a disability."
Grant partners include co-investigator David Dawson, the coordinator of
the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology and Educational Resources at the
UI College of Education, which is a key collaborator; and Kevin Schartz, a
research scientist at the LHPDC as a co-investigator; and the Information
Technology Association of America.
Over the next five years, the center will identify factors helpful to the
hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities in IT
jobs. Training activities will be conducted to distribute the research findings
to diverse target audiences, including employers, IT trainers and professionals,
persons with disabilities in diverse employment settings, Centers for Independent
Living, other researchers, and relevant policymakers.
The IT Works grant is 100 percent funded by U.S. Department of Education
grant number H133A011803.
The Law, Health Policy and Disability Center also is a partner of the Rehabilitation
Research and Training Center on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy
for People with Disabilities. For more information on this and other Center
projects, see http://www.its.uiowa.edu/law.