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Jan. 13, 2004

Law Conference Set To Help Employers Hire, Support Disabled People

The Law, Health Policy & Disability Center of the University of Iowa College of Law will host its annual Winter Employment Conference on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Boyd Law Building.

The conference, titled "Turning Barriers into Opportunities," will update those who attend on the latest trends for supporting workers with disabilities.

" Assisting Iowans with disabilities to obtain meaningful employment has always been challenging," said Pat Steele, project director at the LHPDC. "The job is more difficult during an economic downturn. We hope this conference will provide opportunities for attendees to explore new ideas and emerging trends in employment services and support for people with disabilities."

Outreach to Iowa is an important focus for the LHPDC, and this conference reaches hundreds of Iowans with disabilities and disability professionals. Conference co-sponsors include The University of Iowa Law, Health Policy & Disability Center, Region 7 CRP-RCEP, the Great Plains ADA/IT Project and Polk County Health Services.

Registration for the conference is $75, which includes lunch. To register call 319-335-8469, or visit the LHPDC's Web site at The registration deadline is Jan. 13.

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

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