Education: D-Day for the Disabled

Washington's Sheraton-Park Hotel will never be the same. Braille plates now appear next to elevator buttons. Wheelchair ramps curve down from entrance doors to parking lots. Telephones, in lowered booths, sprout oversize dials; buried inside them are enlarged amplifiers. Upstairs, 396 rooms come equipped with safety bars in the bathrooms; downstairs, the kitchen caters to Seeing-Eye dogs.

The price tag? $100,000. The immediate purpose? To accommodate 2,500 people gathering at the hotel this week for the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals. It will be the largest meeting of disabled people ever assembled...

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