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Upon Their Hands They Will Carry you
Introduction


This is a letter I received in response to the draft copy of this book send to the U.S. Department of Justice, May 11, 1990.

Ms. Donna Colleen Jones Flood
RR 7, Box 316
Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601

Dear Ms. Flood:

This letter replies to your recent letter to the then Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, which you sent with a draft copy of the book you are writing about your daughter who has cerebral palsy. Your story describes the efforts, albeit often slow and inconsistent, to provide accessibility for individuals with disabilities, especially children, to the facilities and programs in our communities. It also portrays the challenges to individuals with disabilities to share in the opportunities and experiences available in this society. Historically, the parents of children with disabilities, as well as those related by family and friendship to children who have disabilities, have made a significant difference and have inspired many of the changes in this country, particularly in education programs.

This nationís policy is to end discrimination against individuals with disabilities, but the many years when individuals with disabilities were neglected and isolated means that much must be undone and much remains to be accomplished as we strive to implement the laws behind this policy. Further, we must affect both the attitudes and actions of all citizens and all governmental and private institutions so that individuals with handicaps can participate fully and independently in American life.

We trust that this promise may become a reality for your daughter and your family

Sincerely,

Stewart B. Onegilia,
Chief
Coordination and Review Section
Civil Rights Division


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