IMPACT: New Pain for the Handicapped

For most Americans, the gasoline shortage is a frustrating inconvenience; for the physically handicapped, it is a direct threat to health and the ability to earn a living. People in wheelchairs or on crutches—those who have lost the use of their limbs—often cannot get on a bus or a train. They are utterly dependent on the auto to reach jobs, schools or therapists' offices. Some drive their own specially equipped cars, some rely on private transportation services that ferry them about, some are chauffeured by nonhandicapped members of their families.

Generally, the...

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