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March 12, 2009

At A Glance

Sandler advising state task force examining policy on mentally disabled adults

University of Iowa law professor Leonard Sandler is serving as an advisor and consultant to the Governor's Task Force on Dependent Adults with Mental Retardation. Formed in the aftermath of the discovery of several men with mental disabilities living in a bunkhouse in Atalissa, the task force is reviewing Iowa laws, regulations and policies related to dependent adults with mental retardation to avoid exploitation or abuse. The focus includes housing, employment opportunities and job-site concerns, protective services and other matters.

Sandler, an expert in disability law, is attending task force meetings, conducting legal research, exchanging ideas for short- and long-term options and systemic approaches, advising the chair of the task force and helping craft recommendations. The task force will make its recommendations to Gov. Chet Culver on April 1.

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes staff accomplishments

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored more than 100 staff members at its ninth annual staff recognition reception March 3.

Thirty-five individuals were acknowledged for their years of service to the college. Dean Linda Maxson recognized staff for volunteerism and advocacy, professional development and general excellence. She also honored individuals and teams for their contributions to improving the workplace.

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