Discord over the Disabled

"There is no injustice in the universe," wrote Educator Eileen Marie Gardner in a 1983 paper for the right-wing Heritage Foundation criticizing federal aid for ill-advantaged students. "Those of the handicapped constituency who seek to have others bear their burdens and eliminate their challenges are seeking to avoid the central issues of their lives." Gardner's views might have gone unnoticed but for the fact that she began work last week as a special assistant to Secretary of Education William Bennett. Connecticut Republican Senator Lowell Weicker Jr., the father of a five-year-old son born with Down's syndrome, said last week of her...

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