A training workshop on the legal and civil rights of handicapped citizens will be held here Feb. 7 through 10 by the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities.
The workshop is part of a series of training and technical assistance programs for disabled citizens in New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, the District and Puerto Rico. The project is being carried out through a contract awarded by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Those who are trained will be expected to pass the information along to other disabled individuals in the community and provide technical assistance to recipients of federal funds.
Specific training includes learning the content and scope of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil right law for all disabled people which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in every public and private body receiving federal funds; instruction and practice in negotiation; working with the media, and setting objectives and organizing task forces.
There is no cost to participants who are selected to attend the workshop and expenses are reimbursed. Persons applying to attend must be residents of the District and should contact conference coordinator Helene Foxe as soon as possible at 785-4265 (voice or TTY).