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ERIC Number: ED098744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-13
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Citizens and Handicaps.
Thomas, Stanley B., Jr.
In a speech delivered at the National Easter Seal Society's Annual Convention (1974), the author discusses progress toward full citizenship for the handicapped focusing on the roles of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW) and the Office for the Handicapped, Constitutional guarantees of equal rights for all citizens, and national goals for services to the handicapped in the 1970's. The Office for the Handicapped is seen to have five functions, the primary function being coordination of the various DHEW programs for the handicapped. The author considers the plight of persons in public institutions for the mentally retarded as a violation of the Eighth Amendment's guarantee against "cruel and unusual punishment," and he considers the exclusion of handicapped children from free public education as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Identified are eight objectives leading to the goal of citizenship for all handicapped Americans, such as the enactment and implementation of comprehensive, inexpensive health care services for all. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Keynote Address at the National Easter Seal Society (San Antonio, Texas, November 1974)