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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 3, 2003

UI Disability Law Center Receives $1.5 Million Grant

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center (LHPDC) at the University of Iowa College of Law to study asset accumulation and tax policy for people with disabilities.

The project will develop a new and comprehensive body of knowledge to improve the economic independence, social empowerment and community integration of persons with disabilities. The Asset Accumulation and Tax Policy Project (AATPP) is designed to conduct research towards "stabilizing and improving lives of persons with disabilities," said Peter Blanck, UI professor of law and director of the LHPDC.

"Over the next five years, LHPDC and its partners will examine tax policy and asset accumulation for persons with disabilities, and resultant improvements in economic and community integration," said Blanck, who is the UI's Kierscht Professor Law. He said the AATPP will investigate strategies such as financial education, matched savings accounts, and use of state and federal tax incentives for asset and community economic development.

Johnette Hartnett, LHPDC director of public policy, describes the AATPP as "a team-based approach to research, training, education and technical assistance activities combining multiple disciplines-law, economics, community development, finance, disability studies and public policy-with real-world experience of persons with disabilities and their families."

The project is a collaboration of the LHPDC with the Southern New Hampshire University School of Community Economic Development, the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, the World Institute on Disability and the National Cooperative Bank Development Corporation. AATPP is 100 percent funded by U.S. Department of Education grant H133A031732.

The Law, Health Policy & Disability Center is a leader in law, technology, education and research, focused on improving the quality of life for persons living with disabilities. Based at the University of Iowa College of Law, with offices in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, the Center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities. For more information on this and other center projects, see

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CONTACT(S): Media: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, Peter Blanck, 319-335-9043,