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HEARING ON THE REHABILITATION SERVICES

ADMINISTRATION

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HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON
EDUCATION AND LABOR
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

HEARING HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC, NOVEMBER 18, 1987

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COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR

AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS, California, Chairman WILLIAM D. FORD, Michigan

JAMES M. JEFFORDS, Vermont JOSEPH M. GAYDOS, Pennsylvania

WILLIAM F. GOODLING, Pennsylvania WILLIAM (BILL) CLAY, Missouri

E. THOMAS COLEMAN, Missouri MARIO BIAGGI, New York

THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin AUSTIN J. MURPHY, Pennsylvania

MARGE ROUKEMA, New Jersey DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan

STEVE GUNDERSON, Wisconsin PAT WILLIAMS, Montana

STEVE BARTLETT, Texas MATTHEW G. MARTINEZ, California THOMAS J. TAUKE, Iowa MAJOR R. OWENS, New York

RICHARD K. ARMEY, Texas CHARLES A. HAYES, Illinois

HARRIS W. FAWELL, Illinois CARL C. PERKINS, Kentucky

PAUL B. HENRY, Michigan THOMAS C. SAWYER, Ohio

FRED GRANDY, Iowa STEPHEN J. SOLARZ, New York

CASS BALLENGER, North Carolina ROBERT E. WISE, JR., West Virginia TIMOTHY J. PENNY, Minnesota BILL RICHARDSON, New Mexico TOMMY F. ROBINSON, Arkansas PETER J. VISCLOSKY, Indiana CHESTER G. ATKINS, Massachusetts JAMES JONTZ, Indiana

SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION

MAJOR R. OWENS, New York, Chairman PAT WILLIAMS, Montana

STEVE BARTLETT, Texas MARIO BIAGGI, New York

JAMES F. JEFFORDS, Vermont AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS, California

(Ex Officio) (Ex Officio)

CONTENTS

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Hearing held in Washington, DC, on November 18, 1987 .....

Statement of:

Baxter, Russell, commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Division, Depart-

ment of Human Services of the State of Arkansas.....

Bullock, Margaret A., administrator, Rehabilitative and Visual Services

Divisions, Montana Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services ....

Cook, Gary, director, Occupational Center of Central Kansas, Inc......
Dart, Justin, Jr., Commissioner for Rehabilitation Services Administra-

tion, U.S. Department of Education, accompanied by Mark Shoob

Davis, Kelli, Dynatech Data Systems enclave employee, accompanied by

Ms. Gwen Sither, coordinator of vocational services, City of Alexandria,

VA.

Douglas, Richard C., director, Vocational Rehabilitation Division, State of

Vermont.
Gerry, Martin, Esq., Gerry & Associates
Mank, David, director, the employment network technical assistance

project, University of Oregon..
Reeb, Kenneth, Jr., assistant director, Rehabilitation Engineering Center,

Electronic Industries Foundation.
Will, Madeleine, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education

and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

Prepared statements, letters, supplemental materials, et cetera:

Bartlett, Hon. Steve, a Representative in Congress from the State of

Texas, prepared statement of...

Baxter, E. Russell

, Department of Human Services, Little Rock, AR,

prepared statement of

Bullock, Margaret A., administrator, Rehabilitative and Visual Services

Divisions, Montana Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services,

prepared statement with attachment.....

Cook, Gary T., executive director, Occupational Center of Central Kansas,

prepared statement of

Dart, Justin, Jr., Commissioner for Rehabilitation Services Administra-

tion, U.S. Department of Education, prepared statement of .

Davis, Kelli, Dynatech Data Systems enclave employee, prepared state-

ment of

Douglas, Richard C., director, Vermont Vocational Rehabilitation Divi-

sion, prepared statement of.

Gerry, Martin H., Gerry & Associates, prepared statement of.
Mank, David, Ph.D., director, the Employment Network Technical Assist-

ance Project, University of Oregon, prepared statement of.
McDaniel, Dr. Robert H., director, Rehabilitation Training Programs,

University of San Francisco, prepared statement of..
Owens, Hon. Major R., a Representative in Congress from the State of

New York, prepared statement of .......
Reeb, Kenneth, Jr., prepared statement on behalf of the Electronic Indus-

tries Foundation Rehabilitation Engineering Center....

Will, Madeleine C., Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Reha-

bilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, prepared statement

of ..............

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REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1987

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION,
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR,

Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:10 a.m., in room 2261, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Major R. Owens (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Members present: Representatives Owens, Williams, Biaggi, Bartlett, and Jeffords.

Staff present: Maria Cuprill, staff director; Laurence Peters, counsel; Robert Tate, legislative analyst; Pat Laird, legislative assistant; Jillian Evans, committee clerk; and Gary Granofsky, research assistant.

Mr. OWENS. The Subcommittee on Select Education will come to order. I have a brief opening statement.

U.S. Government programs for disabled people represent splendid high points in our national legislation for citizens in need. The Rehabilitation Services Administration is a well-established component of the safety net for disabled people. The genesis and the history of RSA and its related agencies reflect the wisdom, vision, and compassion of the Congress. These elements have merged repeatedly to produce very practical, worthwhile results for disabled people of America.

Ongoing and widespread bipartisan support has guaranteed continual, reasonable authorization and appropriations for Federal programs for disabled people. A great amount of dedication and commitment, as well as political skill, has been utilized by the policymakers and legislators who have made the necessary resources available. Given such overwhelming support, the question is why are we not currently achieving results which are commensurate with such support? This hearing is seeking whatever clues there are which may contribute toward the unraveling of this mystery.

More specifically, the Subcommittee on Select Education is baffled by the large number of vacant positions in RSA and by the duration of those vacancies. We are baffled by the length of time the staff has taken to implement a priority program such as the new supported employment program. We are puzzled and disappointed by the failure of all rehabilitation programs to take great leaps forward. We don't see why we don't have in America a national, stateof-the-art program for the disabled.

Since there is no political party bickering to slow its advance, we cannot comprehend the stagnation of the past few years. Are the

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