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Combining history and an analysis of policy today, this book exposes the contradictions in America's disability policy and suggests means of remedying them. Based on careful archival research and interviews with policymakers, the book illustrates the dilemmas that public policies pose for the handicapped: the present system forces too many people with physical impairments into retirement, despite the availability of constructive alternatives.
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Income-Maintenance Programs: 1. Workers' compensation; 2. The origins of Social Security Disability Insurance; 3. The administration of Social Security Disability Insurance; 4. The continuing debate over Social Security Disability Insurance; Part II. The Corrective Response: 5. Vocational rehabilitation; 6. Toward independence; Summary and conclusion; Notes; Index.