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Release: May 30, 2002
Disability law center receives
$1 million U.S. Education Department grant
The U.S. Department of Education's
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research has awarded the
Law, Health Policy & Disability Center (LHPDC) at the University of Iowa
College of Law a two-year grant totaling more than $1 million.
An overarching goal of the $1,039,000
grant is to expand and improve law and policy that impacts the employment
of Americans with disabilities, and increases their independence and self-sufficiency.
"The Rehabilitation Research
and Training Center (RRTC) on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for
Persons with Disabilities will be outcome-focused and involve individuals
with disabilities, parents and family members in all facets of center activities
including training, research information, dissemination, and technical assistance,"
said Law Professor Peter Blanck, principal investigator.
The grant is a partnership between
the LHPDC, Community Options Inc., the Center for the Study and Advancement
of Disability Policy, The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers
University, and the Center for Health Services Research and Policy at The
George Washington University. Key RRTC partners include Robert Silverstein,
Allen Jensen, Michael Collins, Carl Van Horn and K.A. Dixon. LHPDC Associate
Director Michael Morris will serve as project director.
The RRTC on Workforce Investment
and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities is funded completely by
the U.S. Department of Education, grant number H133B980042-99. The LHPDC is
an emerging leader in law, technology, education and research, focused on
improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities.
Based at the University of Iowa
College of Law, with satellite offices in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere,
the center concentrates on public policy and law and their impact on people
with disabilities. For more information on this and other center projects,