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June 4, 2003

(Photo: Peter Blanck, director of the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law)

Merrill Lynch Grant To Help UI Law's Disability Center

A $10,000 grant from Merrill Lynch made to the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law will help support the center's research on corporate culture and disability.

"Merrill Lynch's generous contribution will help the disability law center to enhance the study of corporate culture and the employment of persons with disabilities," said Peter Blanck, Charles M. and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law and director of the UI's disability law center. "In addition, Merrill Lynch will host a blue ribbon panel meeting on June 9 at the company's headquarters in New York that will contribute further dialogue from corporations, persons with disabilities and researchers on this important topic."

"Merrill Lynch is pleased to contribute to the disability law center's groundbreaking work on corporate culture and the employment of persons with disabilities," said Eddy Bayardelle, first vice president, Merrill Lynch Global Philanthropy. "We are confident that the blue ribbon panel will provide insights into corporate culture and disability and extend the disability law center's activities and its partnerships with industry leaders, academics, governmental officials, and persons with disabilities."

The June meeting is part of a leadership series undertaken by the center's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education.

The Law, Health Policy and Disability Center focuses on improving the quality of life for persons living with disabilities through initiatives in law, education, technology and research. 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.

More information on the center's activities and the June 9 meeting is available at its Web site, http://www.its.uiowa.edu/law.

The Merrill Lynch Foundation and Merrill Lynch have contributed more than $100 million since 2000, with grants totaling $39 million in 2002. Following the lead of founder Charles E. Merrill, Merrill Lynch has always made education the primary focus of its grant making, which seeks to increase opportunities for under-served children and youth. Education received the largest share of 2002 grants at $14 million, or about 40 percent of total giving. For more information on Merrill Lynch's global philanthropic programs, please consult www.ml.com/philanthropy.

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