Summary: H.R.17503 — 93rd Congress (1973-1974)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/25/1974)

Title I: Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Rehabilitation Act Amendments - Establishes in the Office of the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare a Rehabilitation Services Administration to carry out this Act.

Provides, under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, for the extension of authorization of approprication for: (1) vocational rehabilitation services; (2) research and training; (3) grants for construction of rehabilitation facilities; (4) vocational training services for handicapped individuals; (5) special projects and demonstrations; (6) the National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults; (7) program and project evaluation; (8) secretarial responsibilities; and (9) the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

Title II: Randolph-sheppard Act Amendments - Randolph-Sheppard Act Amendments - Expresses the findings of Congress, including that after review of the blind vending stand program authorized under the Randolph-Sheppard Act of 1936, the program has not been developed in the manner and spirit in which Congress intended.

Authorizes the operation of such vending facilities on any Federal property, stating that priority shall be given to blind persons licensed by a State agency as provided in this Act. Enumerates new Federal and State responsibilities for carrying out the Randolph-Sheppard Act.

Provides that after January 1, 1975, no department of the United States shall undertake to acquire any building unless such building includes a site for the location of a vending facility by a blind person, with enumerated exceptions relating to a limited number of people using the property.

Makes provisions throughout the Randolph-Sheppard Act for changing the word "stand" to "facility".

States that any blind licensee dissatisfied with any action arising from the operation of the vending facility program may request a hearing from the State licensing agency. Provides for arbitration panels to hear such grievances, setting forth their composition and duties.

Provides that no limitation shall be imposed on income from vending machines which are maintained, serviced, and operated by a blind licensee.

Directs the Secretary to assign to the Office for the Blind and Visually Handicapped of the Rehabilitation Services Administration ten additional personnel to administer the Randolph-Sheppard Act. Enumerates additional State responsibilities and required standards, studies and reports.

Title III: White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals - White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals Act - Authorizes the President to call a White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals to assess problems and suggest solutions to such problems facing individuals with handicaps.

Establishes a National Planning and Advisory Council to provide guidance for the Conference, detailing seventeen factors to which the Council shall give special consideration in leading up to the White House Conference.

Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to States to assist in meeting the costs of participation of the Conference.

Authorizes to be appropriated $2,000,000 to carry out the provisions of this title and such additional sums as necessary to carry out the provisions relating to the State grants.