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Release: Jan. 29, 2002

Law Health Policy and Disability Center receives Pfizer grant

The Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa has received a $1,000 grant from the Pfizer Foundation to examine how technology can better assist people with disabilities. The center provides a neutral forum for assessing the impact of related policies and laws and serves as an interdisciplinary bridge for academics, policy makers, researchers, industry officials, community advocates and consumers.

Each year, the Pfizer Foundation awards over $1 million in grants to organizations where Pfizer colleagues volunteer. Nearly 1,000 Pfizer colleagues currently participate in PVP.

The grant from the Pfizer Foundation Volunteer Program recognizes the collaborative project between Dr. Heidi Berven, assistant counsel at Pfizer's Ann Arbor, Mich., research laboratories, and Peter Blanck, center director and professor of law. Blanck and Berven are examining the assistive technology needs of the disability community. Assistive technology includes devices that help people with communication, learning and mobility impairments lead more independent and productive lives.

For more information on these and other center projects, see http://www.its.uiowa.edu/law.