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Disabled Policy operates at two distinct levels. First, the book is a history of American programs for the disabled (sometimes called "the handicapped"). The programs discussed are workers' compensation, Social Security disability pensions, vocational rehabilitation, and the programs that promote "independent living" for the handicapped, particularly the anti-discrimination provisions of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Berkowitz divides these programs into two groups: the "ameliorative" programs-workers' compensation and disability insurance-and the "corrective programs"- vocational rehabilitation and programs promoting rights for the handicapped. Each program is discussed in turn.

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