Disabled persons represent approximately fifteen percent of the population of the United States, making this minority group one of the largest in American society. In Virginia, it is estimated that there are 750,000 disabled persons. Most of these people are dependent upon some form of governmental services ranging from state funded residential placement to more subtle accommodation such as a wheelchair ramp to provide access to public buildings. The degree to which handicapped citizens are integrated into the mainstream of society depends upon the availability of these services and the implementation of laws insuring access to them.
Donald H. Stone,
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Handicap Law,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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