DISABLED people, their problems and achievements, and the battles, some won, some still being waged, by research teams, doctors and scientists on their behalf, form the subject of an exhaustive report, entitled The Dicta)led, which has just been published as a supplement to the magazine Help.
The 36-page report has been sponsored by the Central Council for the Disabled and the National Fund for Research into Crippling Diseases, in conjunction with the publishers of IIelp.
A series of articles give a fascinating picture of many Iittle-known aspects of the work of the scientists, technologists, sociologists, surgeons and doctors involved with the disabled.
The prejudices, many of them unreasoning, which the disabled are faced with from "normal" members of society are written about—the man in the wheelchair barred from a restaurant because his presence might depress other customers, employers who fail to employ their quota of disabled workers.
The idea, too, that the deaf, blind and crippled are best herded together among their fellow victims, be it in home, club or classroom, is analysed and rejected.
"Why should such a group enjoy each other's company any more than a group of brown-haired people, or those sharing the surname Smith?"
The costs and financing of medical research are dealt with, and there are intriguing contributions on what such research has and is achieving— for example, "The Story of Polio."
Mechanical aids, scope for rehabilitation, the benefits available—and lack in g—under the Welfare State, all are covered. A special section lists the aims of the various voluntary societies.