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23 Behav. Sci. & L. 1 (2005)

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Behavioral Sciences and the Law
Behav. Sci. Law 23: 1 2 (2005)
Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI: 10.1002/bsl.622


                        Special Issue: Corporate Culture
                        and Disability

                        Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D.,1 and
                        Helen Schartz, J.D., Ph.D.



Researchers, policymakers, business leaders, and the disability community must
engage in meaningful dialogue about the examination of disability rights law and
policy in general, and the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of
1990 for persons with disabilities and their families and employers in particular. In
June of 2004, a Blue Ribbon Panel meeting was convened to help address these issues.
The meeting was hosted by Merrill Lynch, at their world headquarters in New York
City, and co-sponsored by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)
on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities, at the
Law, Health Policy and Disability Center of the University of Iowa College of Law.2
The purpose of the symposium was twofold:
(1) to increase dialogue among corporations, persons with disabilities, policy-
    makers, and researchers; and
(2) to enhance study of corporate culture and the employment of persons with
    disabilities.
    Included in the symposium round-table discussions were experts on corporate
culture and disability studies, corporate leaders, government representatives, and
members of the disability community and their families. Peter Blanck moderated the
symposium discussion. Papers were prepared for the symposium from leading
experts and distributed to the panel and audience to focus the discussion. Those
papers form the core of this special issue.
   Understanding the impact of civil rights legislation such as the ADA on the
corporate culture and business practice is critical to employers and policymakers, as
well as employees with disabilities (Blanck, Hill, Siegal, & Waterstone, 2003). Similar
to other diversity issues that corporations have addressed to their benefit, employment
of persons with disabilities is an important issue to many stakeholders. Researchers
have studied a continuum of employment settings for persons with disabilities, from

Contract/grant sponsors: The University of Iowa College of Law Foundation; National Institute on
Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education; National Institutes on Health,
National Institute on Aging; Nellie Ball Trust Fund; Gail and Stan Richards Endowment.
'Peter Blanck is the Charles M. and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law, and Professor of Public Health
(by courtesy) and Psychology at the University of Iowa, and Director of the Law, Health Policy, and
Disability Center (LHPDC); Ph.D., Harvard University; J.D., Stanford Law School. Helen Schartz is
Director of Research at the LHPDC; J.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa. The program of research described
herein is supported, in part, by grants to the first author from The University of Iowa College of Law
Foundation; the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of
Education; the National Institutes on Health, National Institute on Aging; the Nellie Ball Trust Fund;
and the Gail and Stan Richards Endowment.
2To review the proceedings, see Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center, 2003.


Copyright 0 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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