The Negative Impact Of The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973

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On September 26, 1973, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was put into place to replace the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. The population that benefitted the most from this act were the people who lived with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 developed, revised and implemented many plans for the disabled population. A few of the plans that were carried out with this act were the assistance of constructing and improve rehabilitation facilities, gauging the rehabilitation potential of individuals with a disability, promoting and expanding employment opportunities for individual with disabilities and more (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, n.d.). In 2001, a bill was introduced to the Senate by Senator Thurmond Strom (R-SC) that proposed to exclude prisoners from receiving the benefits of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (S.33—107th Congress, 2001).
A survey conducted in 2011 through 2012 showed that 32 percent of people who were in prison had at least one disability. Of that 32 percent, 2 out 10 prisoners reported having some form of a cognitive disability (Bureau of Justice Statistics, n.d.). If the bill that Senator Thurmond Strom introduced to the Senate were to be passed, these prisoners with cognitive disabilities will be even further oppressed and receive even fewer resources upon their release. This proposed bill will have a negative impact on the overall outcome of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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