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throughout the United
-in. almost every community-there are men and womei
referred to as "handicapped" persons. TheyN
ing degrees of disa Wie \ome o veterans 1...
world wars; others are person have suffered disability ..
dents-some are the victims of disease of injuries at birth.
Many of the worln's grec$ men and','
have been handicapped, and some of them have towered above:i
more fortunate neighbors.
the disabled have in-
cluded presidents and lawmakers
They have embraced authors, poets, lecturers,
inventors and composers. They have included
millions of people who, in shops, offices, fields
and factories, do all kinds of work to earn their
There wasSteinmetz, a giant in the
field of invention. His employer, conscious of his
potentialities, paid no heed to his disability. This
world, as a result, gained splendid achievements
from this man who was handicapped from birth.
his employers knew it was
good business to employ Steinmetz
Recall those handicapped persons
YOU KNOW of who have made great contributions
in modern history. Such a list certainly will include
Beethoven, the composer; Sarah Bernhardt, the
actress; Byrdn, the poet; Alexander Graham Bell,
inventor of the telephone; Thomas A. Edison, in-
ventor of the electric bulb and phonograph; Helen
Keller, the author-lecturer, and others.
On these and other notable
handicapped persons the spotlight of fame has
focused. But for each of them there are mil-.
lions of handicapped men and women of every
race and national origin who, in industry,
business, agriculture, and government, are
making splendid day-in-day-out contribu-
tions in their communities and fields of em-
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SMany of the largest employers
i~ n the country have proved for themselves that it is good business to
N. employ the handicapped in jobs for which they are fitted.
e: They are convinced that em-
i ployment of handicapped persons is not only a matter of good public
relations but that disabled employees make distinct contributions to
Employment of handicapped
persons is no longer a matter of guesswork. Their employment
is good business in jobs which match their abilities.
Surveys have proved that
Handicapped workers are:
I- saot workers.
Snp- absent Ireo jobs less than nonehadicapped persons.
more effient workers than nonhandicpped workers.
Sr pnoeas who stay at the job.
it was fond:
Only 11 percent had poorer accident reco
51 percent of the handicapped workers had
accident records .
38 percent had accident records as good *.
disabled persons .
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Only 7 percent were absent from the job nrk
quently than nonhandicapped workers .
49 percent had better than average .AbsI,,
44 percent had average records for abserc t
job V *
Only 11 percent had *poorer records 'for
their jobs J .
58 percent of the handicapped workers. st
jobs longer ..
31 percent have average records for turn-or
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Significantly, these surveys revealed that
the ratio of disabling injuries for employed handicapped workers was
exactly the same as for nonhandicapped workers-one disabling
injury for each 10,000 hours of work.
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