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March 6, 2003

Blanck Receives $20,000 From Nellie Ball Trust Fund Grant

A $20,000 grant from the Nellie Ball Trust Research Grant has been awarded to Kierscht Professor of Law Peter Blanck to support his research examining the impact of discrimination on persons with mental disabilities, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychiatric conditions.

Blanck directs the Law Health Policy & Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. His research has shown that negative attitudes about people with mental disabilities affect their health, social, and economic status.

"Peter's work at the College of Law and the Disability Law Center has made him a national leader in law and public policy research, much of which is focused on improving the quality of life for persons living with mental disabilities," said William Hines, dean of the UI College of law. "We are extremely grateful to the Nellie Ball Trust for recognizing Peter's excellent scholarly work by awarding him this research grant."

Blanck says that the Nellie Ball Trust Fund grant will further his ongoing studies on attitudes toward, and the employment of, persons with mental disabilities. The Nellie Ball Trust Fund grant competition is administered by Iowa State Bank & Trust Company located in Iowa City.

Based at the University of Iowa College of Law, with satellite offices in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, the disability law center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on self-determination and self-sufficiency. For more information on the activities of Blanck and the center, see

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