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October 30, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(9):572-574. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840440054018

THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION ACT AMENDMENTS OF 1943  PREPARED BY THE BUREAU OF LEGAL MEDICINE AND LEGISLATION, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONThe President on Oct. 9, 1942 sent a special message to the Congress recommending an expanded program for civilian vocational rehabilitation. This recommendation became an actuality with the enactment by the Congress of the Barden-LaFollette bill, so called because of its sponsorship by Representative Barden of North Carolina and Senator LaFollette of Wisconsin. It was approved by the President on July 6, 1943 as Public Law 113, Seventy-Eighth Congress. Now regulations have been promulgated by the Administrator of the Federal Security Agency under which the provisions of the new law will be made effective.1

IN GENERAL  Broadly stated, the recently enacted law contemplates a continuation on an expanded basis of the general pattern of a federal-state program for civilian vocational rehabilitation that has been functioning since 1920. An Office of