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Oct. 16, 2003

UI Disability Law Center Receives $225,000 Grant

The Law, Health Policy & Disability Center (LHPDC) in the University of Iowa College of Law has received a $225,000 federal grant to continue studying ways to improve employment opportunities for disabled persons and help them achieve self-sufficiency.

The grant, from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education, extends the activities of the center's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities.

"Over the past five years, the RRTC has helped to expand, improve and modify disability policy and other general policies to improve the employment status of Americans with disabilities and increase their independence and self-sufficiency," said Peter Blanck, UI professor of law and director of the LHPDC.

The RRTC is a partnership among the Disability Law Center, the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy; the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; the University of Vermont Center on Disability & Community Inclusion; and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Michael Morris, associate director of the LHPDC and RRTC project director, notes that based on research from this project and other NIDRR-funded projects, the center has provided information and technical assistance to government leaders and decision makers at state and federal levels; individuals with disabilities; parents and family members; and other interested parties, offering new and revised approaches to workforce development and employment policy.

The RRTC is 100 percent funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. 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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