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• Law Enforcement and the Disabled, Senior Citizens, Human Resources and Veterans Department, Office of the Secretary of State, Rm. 450, Centennial Bldg., Springfield 62756 (July 1989), 40 pp. plus 30-page study guide and test questions.
This training program for police officers contains sections on persons with mental illness, hearing impairments, visual impairments, mental retardation, mobility impairments and epilepsy. The material is designed to provide an understanding of each disability and to establish guidelines on how to interact with persons who are disabled.
General readers may also wish to refer to another publication from the same office. Your Encounter with the Disabled: A Resource Manual on Disabilities, which offers similar information on these six categories of disability for the average citizen.
• Parent to Parent: A Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs, Senior Citizens, Human Resources and Veterans Department, Office of the Secretary of State, Rm. 450, Centennial BIdg., Springfield 62756 (April 1989), 48pp.
This resource guide lists support groups and professional agencies by county as well as statewide advocacy and service provider agencies. It also contains a list of toll-free numbers and a suggested reading list. Another useful publication from this office is A Guide to Services for Persons with Disabilities, which lists local service-providing agencies by county.
• "An Economic Perspective of Illinois' Labor Force Dynamics," Policy Forum, by Cheng H. Chiang, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois, 1201 W. Nevada, Urbana 61801 (Vol. 2, No. 1, 1989), 4 pp.
According to the author, state demographer for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget, "Illinois' labor force in the 1980s can be characterized as slow growing, with declining numbers of young workers, reduced dominance by men and increasingly nonwhite." The policy implications of such changes are many and complex. For instance, the change in the age structure of the labor force will affect the state's tax revenues, the decline in the number of teenagers in the labor force will ease somewhat the unemployment level, and the faster growth in the labor force among nonwhites may force policymakers to look seriously at social and economic equality issues. Decisionmakers in both government and business and industry, as well as workers present and future, need to be aware of these important data.
Anna J. Merritt
January 1990/Illinois Issues/38