COUNCIL COMMENTS ON HEW’S PROPOSAL TO AID THE HANDICAPPED

by Jakina Debnam on September 14, 1976
by Jakina Debnam and Council on Wage and Price Stability

Suggestions for lower costs to society and increased opportunities for handicapped persons were presented today by the Council on Wage and Price Stability in a filing before the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). The Council’s remarks were in response to HEW’s proposed regulations eliminating discrimination on the basis of handicap.
Commenting on the proposed regulations, William Lilley III, Acting Director of the Council, stated, “The Council is concerned that opportunities be expanded for handicapped persons. We call on HEW to modify its proposed rules where appropriate and urge affected institutions to develop cost-effective responses to HEW’s regulations.

In its filing, the Council identified alternative procedures which might simultaneously reduce the costs of the regulations to affected institutions and expand the range of benefits available to the handicapped. For example, the Council’s filing suggested that schools and universities be encouraged to specialize in providing services to the handicapped and that all institutions receiving Federal aid improve employment opportunities for handicapped persons.

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