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Jan. 8, 2004

Blanck Receives $20,000 Grant From Nellie Ball Trust Fund Grant

A $20,000 research grant from the Nellie Ball Trust has been awarded to Kierscht Professor of Law Peter Blanck to renew support for his research examining the impact of discrimination against persons with mental disabilities, including depression and psychiatric conditions.

Blanck directs the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. His research has shown that negative attitudes about people with mental disabilities affect their health, social and economic status. Last year, Blanck was lead author on an authoritative volume published by Thomson/West, entitled "Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy," addressing these issues.

"Peter's work at the College of Law and the Disability Law Center has made him an international leader in law and public policy research, much of which is focused on improving the quality of life for persons living with mental disabilities," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "We are extremely grateful to the Nellie Ball Trust for recognizing Peter's excellent scholarly work by awarding him renewing this research grant, which supports his important research into the socio/legal impact of mental disabilities on the lives of those affected by them."

Blanck says that the Nellie Ball Trust Fund grant will further his studies on attitudes toward, and the employment of, persons with mental disabilities. The Nellie Ball Trust Fund grant competition is administered by Iowa State Bank & Trust Company located in Iowa City.

Based at the University of Iowa College of Law, with offices in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, the disability law center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on self-determination, self-sufficiency and economic independence. For more information on the activities of Blanck and the center, see http://disability.law.uiowa.edu/.

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