The article ''Behind the Flap at Education, a Fight Among Advocates for Disabled'' {Federal Page, Dec. 14} incorrectly implies that the problem leading to my recent dismissal as commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration was that I was aligned with those who provide traditional rehabilitation services in opposition to my supervisor, Assistant Secretary of Education Madeleine Will, who supports programs designed to provide increased employment services for people with very severe disabilities.

In fact, I have been a consistent advocate for efforts to remedy the unconscionable deprivation of Americans with severe disabilities, and the great majority of the rehabilitation profession has joined me in expressing enthusiasm for implementing strong supported-employment programs.

As has been reported in The Post and other national media, my dismissal as commissioner followed immediately my unapproved ''statement of conscience'' at a Nov. 18 oversight hearing in the House. I said that a paternalistic bureaucracy had prevented me and my RSA colleagues from executing our statutory responsibilities to remedy profound, longstanding problems in our agency involving management, personnel and utilization of resources.

Practically every rehabilitation and disability rights leader I have interviewed in Washington and during my travels to each of the 50 states has told me that these problems have for years negatively affected services to citizens with disabilities. Relatively new programs to serve individuals with very severe disabilities, such as independent living, supported employment and rehabilitation engineering, have been particularly affected.

Most important, as long as people with disabilities have no more than rubber-stamp, figurehead representation in government, they will never be emancipated from the slavery of unjust, unwanted dependency and able to take their rightful place as first-class citizens in the productive mainstream of society. History has clearly demonstrated that independence and equality cannot be handed down by paternalistic bureaucracies. Equality is achieved through empowerment in government and in all significant processes of society, or it is not achieved at all.

I find it obnoxious and immoral that, in the most affluent culture in the history of mankind, there should be any question about who will receive essential human services and who will be left out. The fundamental and only legitimate purpose of human society is to provide the services, resources and environments necessary to enable each of its members to fulfill his full potential for productivity, equality and quality of life.

For those hundreds of thousands of citizens with disabilities who still exist in subhuman conditions, protocol and the pride and power of commissioners and assistant secretaries are of little importance. What is important is that the disability community rise above politics, personality, turf and the corruption of power and unite in responsible, effective action for the maximum fulfillment of all human life. With or without title, I will be working full-time in this greatest of all causes. JUSTIN DART JR. Washington