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Dear Friend, Since 1981 when the New York State Senate Select Committee on the Disabled began by legislative decree, it has attempted to assist persons with disabilities and/or family members in a variety of ways. The defined role of the Committee is to " seek out and resolve problems which consistently frustrate individuals with disabilities, their families and friends, service providers and professionals in the field of disability in their efforts to achieve unqualified access to all aspects of life including education, job training, employment, housing and transportation. The Committee functions as an advocate legislatively by holding public hearings, encouraging personal contact with the Committee and by having an Advisory Council." Employment : An Ongoing Issue for People with Disabilities, is one of the reports published in 1986 by the Committee. (This publication is currently being revised.) This report includes a compendium of already existing Federal, State and local laws, programs and policies which are in place to protect the rights of people with disabilities who need job training, a job commensurate with skill, a promotion, and those who wish to start their own businesses. The research for this report also included extensive interviews with employers, potential employers and the general public. As a result of those interviews, the Committee became aware of the fact that many people base their perception of individuals with disabilities on some unfounded ideas about origins, symptoms, behaviors and life-long implications of the visible and non- visible disabilities of over two million New Yorkers and 50 million Americans. Therefore, in order to increase public awareness and to provide a better basic understanding of disabilities and related terms which we encounter most often (i. e. through television, radio and the written media), the Senate Select Committee on the Disabled compiled this publication entitled Coming to Terms with Disabilities: A Compilation of Vocabulary Relating to Visible and Non-Visible Disabilities. This glossary is not offered as the " definitive dictionary on disability. " It is offered as a primer to further inform those who are interested in learning more about disabilities, and as a catalyst to stimulate awareness in those who may have previously shied away from seeking explanations because of the technical terms involved. The information contained herein is based on a voluminous amount of information which was forwarded to the Committee by people with disabilities, advocates, medical doctors, service agencies, parents, friends, rehabilitation specialists, therapists, educators, counselors and numerous other professionals in the field. Because of the outstanding response to the first edition, the book has been revised, adding new definitions and making necessary corrections which were so kindly brought to our attention. I am most appreciative to all those who have assisted us in the development of both the first and second editions. Coming to Terms with Disabilities is organized alphabetically ; some definitions are extensive, while others only a brief explanation. For additional information on a particular topic, it is suggested that agencies and/or organizations that are listed under particular definitions be contacted. L. PAUL KEHOE, Chairman New York State Senate Select Committee on the Disabled June 1989 -- Members of the Committee -- James H. Donovan Howard C. Nolan, Jr. Hugh T. Farley Frank Padavan Mary B. Goodhue Jeremy S. Weinstein Kenneth P. LaValle -- Staff -- Marilyn R. Wessels, Director Betty Meyer, Assistant Director James S. Huben, Legislative Analyst Virginia M. Hunt, Administrative Assistant Margaret J. Hinkell, Secretary 3RD EDITION - JUNE - 1989 A COMPILATION OF VOCABULARY RELATING TO VISIBLE AND NON-VISIBLE DISABILITIES Note: Coming to Terms with Disabilities is organized alphabetically; some terms have extensive definitions and references (as needed), while others have only a brief explanation. Additional, pertinent information can be obtained by writing or calling specific agencies or organizations. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Virginia M. Hunt, Administrative Assistant Margaret J. Hinkell, Secretary Florence Neculae, Manager, Senate Office Services Catherine K. Marschilok, R. N. M.S. Student Intern, Russell Sage College Heartfelt thanks for all of their help and support in putting together this revision. This material has been scanned and reorganized for this gopher. Some other minor changes have been introduced. Please advise me of any errors or updates. Jay A. Leavitt leavitt@ubvms (BITNET) (Internet)
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