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Nov. 20, 2003

Blanck To Advise Norwegian Government Disability Law Commission

University of Iowa law professor Peter Blanck will advise a Norwegian government commission currently drafting a law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in Norway.

Blanck will be the lead speaker at a two-day conference in Oslo starting Dec. 2 sponsored by the Norwegian government's Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination of Persons with Disabilities. The commission will write a draft law that will be forwarded to the Norwegian parliament for legislative consideration.

Blanck is the Kierscht Professor of Law and director of the UI's Law, Health Policy and Disability Center. He will advise the commission on the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is serving as one model the Norwegian commission is examining. Blanck says he will explain to the commission how the ADA works, where it has succeeded and how it may be improved upon.

Also on the meeting's agenda are advisors from Canada and Sweden.

Blanck has taught at the UI College of Law since 1990 and is a leading national expert on disability law and the ADA. He founded the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center in 1994, and is frequently sought out to advise congressional committees, state officials and business leaders on disability law issues. For related information on the disability law center, see http://disability.law.uiowa.edu.

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