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Blanck's research is the subject of major civil rights hearings on
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Law professor's landmark
research on the Americans with Disabilities Act has garnered the attention
of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The commission will hear testimony
this week on the effectiveness of the eight-year-old Act.
Peter Blanck's research and findings, along with the research of others,
will be the subject of testimony before the commission in Washington D.C.
Blanck is considered a leading academic and researcher on the ADA.
The ADA, which was signed into law in 1990, is intended to remove barriers,
both physical and attitudinal, that prevent people with mental and physical
disabilities from participating fully in all aspects of community life.
Title I of the ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities
The ADA has been a useful tool in removing longstanding employment barriers,
but more evaluation of the Act's effectiveness is still needed, Blanck
More study is needed in areas such as how disabled workers' participation
in the workforce will aid in long-term ADA implementation and interpretation
of related initiatives such as welfare, educational, health care, and dispute
resolution reform. And additional research is needed to determine how implementation
has coincided with larger numbers of persons with severe disabilities entering
the labor force, Blanck says.
This year Blanck authored the landmark case study "The Emerging
Role of the Staffing Industry in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities:
A Case Report on Manpower Inc." He also wrote "The Americans
with Disabilities Act and the Emerging Workforce," a detailed examination
of the employment of mentally retarded persons, published by the American
Association on Mental Retardation.