ERIC Number: ED233109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-5
Reference Count: 0
Civil Rights' Policy Trends and Perspectives.
Reynolds, William Bradford
In these remarks, the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, discusses the current Administration's policy and enforcement efforts on civil rights for the handicapped, particularly the blind. First, Reynolds stresses that the Administration's commitment to the principle of nondiscrimination in all areas rejects the notion of a "protected class" and the practice of favoring some to the disadvantage of others. Consistent with this commitment, he says, policy on equal opportunities for the blind emphasizes that blind people are entitled to equality that can be achieved through removal of social discrimination, education of the public to new concepts concerning blindness, and measures that would enable all blind people to fully exercise their individual talents. Reynolds then discusses how the Federal government enforces this policy through public awareness programs, agency coordination activities to standardize service accessibility requirements, and regulation, investigation, and litigation regarding civil rights for the blind. In conclusion, Reynolds reiterates that all American citizens are individuals with unique characteristics and talents; that preferences for certain groups will not be tolerated; and that the Federal government is committed to ensuring that artificial barriers to a free society and discrimination in all its forms are obliterated. (MJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.
Note: Speech given before the Convention of the National Federation of the Blind (Kansas City, MO, July 5, 1983).