CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 29, 2002
Law Health Policy and Disability Center receives Pfizer grant
The Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa has
received a $1,000 grant from the Pfizer Foundation to examine how technology
can better assist people with disabilities. The center provides a neutral
forum for assessing the impact of related policies and laws and serves as
an interdisciplinary bridge for academics, policy makers, researchers, industry
officials, community advocates and consumers.
Each year, the Pfizer Foundation awards over $1 million in grants to organizations
where Pfizer colleagues volunteer. Nearly 1,000 Pfizer colleagues currently
participate in PVP.
The grant from the Pfizer Foundation Volunteer Program recognizes the collaborative
project between Dr. Heidi Berven, assistant counsel at Pfizer's Ann Arbor,
Mich., research laboratories, and Peter Blanck, center director and professor
of law. Blanck and Berven are examining the assistive technology needs of
the disability community. Assistive technology includes devices that help
people with communication, learning and mobility impairments lead more independent
and productive lives.
For more information on these and other center projects, see