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Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities

Wisconsin's Task Force on Problems of People with Physical Handicaps

On July 19, 1974 State Representative James Wahner presented the final report of Wisconsin’s Task Force on Problems of People with Physical Handicaps to Governor Patrick Lucey at Goodwill Industries in Milwaukee. In accepting the report and its 250 recommendations the Governor issued an Executive Order directing all state facilities “To incorporate commitment to barrier-free design to allow usability by all people including those with sight, hearing and mobility problems.”


The report was dedicated by Representative Wahner to “The teaching and vision of my friend, the late Paul W. Hunt, who knew that our most wasted natural resource is our people, and believed that all people must have the opportunity and the independence to work out their own destinies – if they are ever to truly know the dimensions of themselves.” The 30-member Task Force had worked for 18 months, held 8 regional public hearings, and listened to 135 hours of testimony from over 400 witnesses. Representative Wahner told the Governor, “We believe we are sending you the most comprehensive report ever compiled on the every-day challenges faced by people with disabilities.”

You will find the full report at: Governor's Task Force (PDF 22719 KB)

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08/16/2013