October 15, 1976
Mr. Donald Lorce, Director
Dear Mr. Lorce:
I am writing to you at the suggestion of Ms. Judy Heumann, Director of the Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley, California. She and I have been in contact about the possibilities of setting up additional programs like the CIL throughout the country, and she gave me your name as someone who would have valuable insights into and suggestions about what the establishment of more programs would involve.
The enclosed letter to Ms. Heumann discusses the different approaches that might be taken toward establishing additional centers to serve the handicapped. My original idea was to establish about 10 regional university based programs designed to meet the special needs of handicapped students; we have also discussed the establishment of community centers that would reach a broader range of people.
Many questions naturally arise in such planning. Among other things, I think we need to consider what range of services are to be provided; whether services will be academic in nature or aimed at vocational rehabilitation or both; who will be served; and who will finance such centers. I am interested in developing legislation that would provide Federal grant money to help establish these programs.
In light of the experience you have had in this area, I would be most interested in having your ideas and suggestions on these proposals. I would also appreciate receiving any relevant material you have on the operation of your own program. For your additional information, I have enclosed some materials describing my legislative efforts in aiding the handicapped.
Thank you for your time and cooperation. I look forward to hearing from you.
All the best.
Edward I. KochEIK:sp