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May 10, 2004

Blanck Joins National Organization On Disability Board

Peter Blanck, Charles M. & Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa and the director of the Iowa Law, Health Policy and Disability Center, has been named to the board of directors of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.).

Blanck is lead author of Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy, a newly published authoritative treatise that covers the history, development and details of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability law and legislation.

The Iowa Law, Health Policy & Disability Center ( is a leader in law, technology, education and research focused on improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Based at the UI College of Law, with offices in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, the center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on employment, technology, and self-sufficiency.

Blanck has written more than 100 articles and books on the ADA, received grants to study disability law and policy, represented clients before the United States Supreme Court in ADA cases, and testified before Congress. He was a member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and has been a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program. He has been a commissioner on the American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Standards in Research, and president of the American Association on Mental Retardation's Legal Process and Advocacy Division. He has been a fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and a Mary Switzer Scholar.

N.O.D. Board Chairman Michael R. Deland announced Blanck's appointment at the non-profit advocacy group's recent board meeting in Washington, D.C. "Peter Blanck has long been a highly valued friend and resource for the National Organization on Disability as well as the entire disability community, and we look forward to incorporating his wisdom and insights in our work," said Deland. "He is a true authority on the laws that help Americans with disabilities fully participate in and contribute to American life."

"The civil rights movement for America's 54 million citizens with disabilities has been enhanced significantly by two decades of dedicated work by the National Organization on Disability. I am honored to join the board of this important national group and to help it continue to grow and succeed in its mission," Blanck said.

The National Organization on Disability, founded in 1982, promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. Among its board members is President George W. Bush (honorary chair) and actor Christopher Reeves. For more information about N.O.D.'s programs visit

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