Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons

Archive Report

Rehabilitation and the Nation's Interests

Disabled Persons as Source of Industrial Manpower

Need to increase the nation's production to meet defense requirements at a time when unemployment is at the lowest point in two years is leading to renewed consideration of the handicapped as a manpower resource.1 R. C. Goodwin, director of the newly created Office of Defense Manpower, warned in September that manpower “may again become a major problem.” Suggesting that employers would be wise to fill job vacancies with draft-exempt handicapped persons, he stated that about half a million disabled men and women are now looking for work.

It has been estimated that between one and two million other persons, at present kept out of the labor force by disabilities, could be rehabilitated for successful ...

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