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April 10, 1981

International Year of Disabled Persons

Author Affiliations

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

JAMA. 1981;245(14):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310390019010

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To the Editor.—  Progressively, over the last few decades, advances in medicine have increased the life expectancy and potential of persons with all varieties of disability. Simultaneously there has been a development of social consciousness and awareness that is spreading over our shrinking planet. The status of the handicapped person must be seen in the overall context of the developing awareness of ourselves as fellow voyagers in the same craft. I believe that they are the same general forces that have produced the development of the third world, an appreciation of the importance of preserving our ecology, and the awesome need to truly appreciate the brotherhood of man that has culminated in our area of interest in the proclamation by the United Nations designating 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons.The stated mission of the US Council for the International Year of Disabled Persons is to promote "the