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President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped

President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped lentown, PA(contact: National Braille ington, DC 20005). Meeting, New York City (contact: Association, 654A Godwin Ave., Mid­ Nancy Bryant, New York Institute for land Park, NJ 07432; (201) 447-1484). June the Education of the Blind, 999 Pelham 13-19 Ninth Congress of the Interna­ 14-19 REHA'84,AidsfortheDisabled, Parkway, New York, NY 10469; (212) tional Federation of Physical Medi­ 547-1234). international congress, Dusseldorf. cine and Rehabilitation, Jerusalem 30-}uly 7 American Council of the (contact: Joshua Chaco, chairman, Is­ Blind (ACB) National Convention, rael Society of Rehabilitation Medicine 1985 Philadelphia Center Hotel, Philadel­ and Rheumatology, Box 29784, Tel phia, PA (contact: ACB, 1211 Con­ May Aviv, Israel). 22-27 American Association for the necticut Ave. NW, Suite 506, Washing­ 23-28 American Association for the ton, DC 20036). Advancement of Science (AAAS) Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Los Annual Meeting and Exhibit, New August Angeles (contact: AAAS Meetings Of­ York City (contact: AAAS Meetings 5-10 International Association for Ed­ fice, 1101 Vermont Ave., NW, Wash­ Office, 1101 Vermont Ave., NW, Wash- ucation of the Deaf/Blind Annual ington, DC 20005). conducted in four cities which seek to. a report available from: Ruth Ellen Ross, Meeting Reports bring disabled workers back to work in Program Manager, Programs Division, their own industry. The lAM Disabled The President's Committee on Employ­ Workers Program has led to a successful ment of the Handicapped, 1111 20th St. effort to retrain and place such workers N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. President's Committee on outside the Aerospace industry. An in­ In addition to the general sessions and Employment of the Handicapped novative feature of this program is that it concurrent panels, The President's Com­ is open to disabled workers who are not mittee on Employment of the Handi­ union members and also to disabled per­ On May 4 thru 6, 1983, The President's capped featured an exhibit area open to Committee on Employment of the Handi­ sons who have never participated in the agencies for the disabled, organizations of capped held its annual meeting, in Wash­ labor force. Each local program has creat­ and for disabled persons and employers. ington, D.C. The meeting was attended ed mechanisms for outreach, referral for Two interesting new products for blind by over 2,000 persons representing em­ assessment and/or training, and job devel­ persons were an IBM Talking Terminal ployers, service providers, and consumers. opment and placement. The lAMprogram and a microprocessor based Perkins Brail­ Unlike former years, recruitment and does not function in isolation. Its activi­ ler. The terminal is a standard IBM hiring were no longer the predominant ties are closely linked with those of more adapted to provide full word synthetic concerns. Rather, emphasis was placed on traditional state, and local vocational re­ speech output. This should not be con­ job retention for persons who become dis­ fused with the Audible Typing Unit, habilitation programs. abled while employed; the role of organ­ which can interface only with IBM Mag II Job Retention was also the theme of an­ ized labor in returning disabled workers to typewriters. other panel, "Key to Job Retention: Con­ The Cranmer modified Perkins brailler the labor force; the impact of the Job Part­ cern for the Person' 'though this time from nership and Training Act; the activities of the employer's point of view. The panel can be interfaced with various computers Governors Committees on employment of was moderated by D.L. Jack Webber, and can produce hard copy braille as well the handicapped; and the increasing con­ chairman, President's Committee on Em­ as graphics. Although not designed as a ter­ cern with recreation and physical fitness ployment of the Handicapped Employer's minal, it can be used as one in particular ap­ shown by larger corporations. Committee and Director EOE Affairs, In­ plications. Though the devices themselves Given that employment of disabled ternational Telephone and Telegraph Cor­ were not displayed at the exhibit, the persons is often influenced by the trade poration. Panelists included represen­ American Foundation for the Blind showed a videotape describing talking devices for union movement, organized labor pre­ tatives from Sears, Roebuck & Company, use by blind machinists which had been sented what I consider one of the most ex­ American Telephone and Telegraph Com­ citing panels of the meeting: "Bringing pany, United States Steel Corporation, adapted by its Technology Department. Disabled Workers Back Into the Labor Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, E.!. Asin past years, The President's Commit­ Force: A Union Experiment." The panel du Pont de Nemours and Company, 3-M tee on Employment of the Handicapped was moderated by Guy S. Stubblefield, Corporation, and Sargent College of Al­ sponsored a Job Fair attended by major National Coordinator, lAM Disabled lied Health Professions, Boston University. corporations as well as local employers A wide range of employee assistance from the Washington, D.C. area. Workers Program, International Asso­ programs was presented by this panel. ciation of Machinists and Aerospace More information will be forthcoming in Reporter: Gerard Guarniero, Ph.D. Workers. Panelists described programs JOURNAL OF VISUALIMPAIRMENT & BLINDNESS SEPTEMBER 1983 365 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness SAGE

President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness , Volume 77 (7): 1 – Sep 1, 1983

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© 1983 American Foundation for the Blind
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lentown, PA(contact: National Braille ington, DC 20005). Meeting, New York City (contact: Association, 654A Godwin Ave., Mid­ Nancy Bryant, New York Institute for land Park, NJ 07432; (201) 447-1484). June the Education of the Blind, 999 Pelham 13-19 Ninth Congress of the Interna­ 14-19 REHA'84,AidsfortheDisabled, Parkway, New York, NY 10469; (212) tional Federation of Physical Medi­ 547-1234). international congress, Dusseldorf. cine and Rehabilitation, Jerusalem 30-}uly 7 American Council of the (contact: Joshua Chaco, chairman, Is­ Blind (ACB) National Convention, rael Society of Rehabilitation Medicine 1985 Philadelphia Center Hotel, Philadel­ and Rheumatology, Box 29784, Tel phia, PA (contact: ACB, 1211 Con­ May Aviv, Israel). 22-27 American Association for the necticut Ave. NW, Suite 506, Washing­ 23-28 American Association for the ton, DC 20036). Advancement of Science (AAAS) Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Los Annual Meeting and Exhibit, New August Angeles (contact: AAAS Meetings Of­ York City (contact: AAAS Meetings 5-10 International Association for Ed­ fice, 1101 Vermont Ave., NW, Wash­ Office, 1101 Vermont Ave., NW, Wash- ucation of the Deaf/Blind Annual ington, DC 20005). conducted in four cities which seek to. a report available from: Ruth Ellen Ross, Meeting Reports bring disabled workers back to work in Program Manager, Programs Division, their own industry. The lAM Disabled The President's Committee on Employ­ Workers Program has led to a successful ment of the Handicapped, 1111 20th St. effort to retrain and place such workers N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. President's Committee on outside the Aerospace industry. An in­ In addition to the general sessions and Employment of the Handicapped novative feature of this program is that it concurrent panels, The President's Com­ is open to disabled workers who are not mittee on Employment of the Handi­ union members and also to disabled per­ On May 4 thru 6, 1983, The President's capped featured an exhibit area open to Committee on Employment of the Handi­ sons who have never participated in the agencies for the disabled, organizations of capped held its annual meeting, in Wash­ labor force. Each local program has creat­ and for disabled persons and employers. ington, D.C. The meeting was attended ed mechanisms for outreach, referral for Two interesting new products for blind by over 2,000 persons representing em­ assessment and/or training, and job devel­ persons were an IBM Talking Terminal ployers, service providers, and consumers. opment and placement. The lAMprogram and a microprocessor based Perkins Brail­ Unlike former years, recruitment and does not function in isolation. Its activi­ ler. The terminal is a standard IBM hiring were no longer the predominant ties are closely linked with those of more adapted to provide full word synthetic concerns. Rather, emphasis was placed on traditional state, and local vocational re­ speech output. This should not be con­ job retention for persons who become dis­ fused with the Audible Typing Unit, habilitation programs. abled while employed; the role of organ­ which can interface only with IBM Mag II Job Retention was also the theme of an­ ized labor in returning disabled workers to typewriters. other panel, "Key to Job Retention: Con­ The Cranmer modified Perkins brailler the labor force; the impact of the Job Part­ cern for the Person' 'though this time from nership and Training Act; the activities of the employer's point of view. The panel can be interfaced with various computers Governors Committees on employment of was moderated by D.L. Jack Webber, and can produce hard copy braille as well the handicapped; and the increasing con­ chairman, President's Committee on Em­ as graphics. Although not designed as a ter­ cern with recreation and physical fitness ployment of the Handicapped Employer's minal, it can be used as one in particular ap­ shown by larger corporations. Committee and Director EOE Affairs, In­ plications. Though the devices themselves Given that employment of disabled ternational Telephone and Telegraph Cor­ were not displayed at the exhibit, the persons is often influenced by the trade poration. Panelists included represen­ American Foundation for the Blind showed a videotape describing talking devices for union movement, organized labor pre­ tatives from Sears, Roebuck & Company, use by blind machinists which had been sented what I consider one of the most ex­ American Telephone and Telegraph Com­ citing panels of the meeting: "Bringing pany, United States Steel Corporation, adapted by its Technology Department. Disabled Workers Back Into the Labor Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, E.!. Asin past years, The President's Commit­ Force: A Union Experiment." The panel du Pont de Nemours and Company, 3-M tee on Employment of the Handicapped was moderated by Guy S. Stubblefield, Corporation, and Sargent College of Al­ sponsored a Job Fair attended by major National Coordinator, lAM Disabled lied Health Professions, Boston University. corporations as well as local employers A wide range of employee assistance from the Washington, D.C. area. Workers Program, International Asso­ programs was presented by this panel. ciation of Machinists and Aerospace More information will be forthcoming in Reporter: Gerard Guarniero, Ph.D. Workers. Panelists described programs JOURNAL OF VISUALIMPAIRMENT & BLINDNESS SEPTEMBER 1983 365

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