FG 198 (President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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  • Linear measurement of materials:   4 in.
  • Number of pages:   800
Organizational Note

The President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped (PCEH) was originally established under Joint Resolution in July 1949 (ch 301, 63 Stat.409). It was amended under President Nixon by Executive Order 11480 in September 1969. The primary function of the Committee is to facilitate employment opportunities for the handicapped and to provide information to employers, unions, organizations and the public about handicapped needs. The Vocational Rehabilitation Act (section 8) states that the Committee shall work with the Department of Labor, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the Veterans Administration and state agencies in order to carry out their functions. The Committee consists of a chairman and four vice chairmen, which are all, appointed by the President. The Chairman as needed appoints members of the Committee. The Committee is assisted by an Advisory Council which advises them as to their responsibilities, and an Executive Committee which assists them by studying problems the handicapped have in obtaining and retaining employment.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of memorandums, correspondence, reports, schedule proposals and executive orders.

Primary correspondents include Harold Russell, Charles B. Wilkinson, Dwight Chapin and David N. Parker.

Topics include the reappointment of Harold Russell as chairman of the Committee, National Employ the Handicapped Week, the handicapped American of the year awards, awards to businesses employing the handicapped, annual meetings and reports.

The terms Executive and General used before the file designation FG 198 generally determine the source of the material. Items designated Executive are communications between Commission members or staff and the President, White House staff members, Federal officials, members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between White House staff members and the general public or a Congressional representative writing on behalf of a constituent.

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