WHEREAS, it is most desirable that in this period of prosperity in our state and nation there should be opportunity for each citizen to share in the good fortune of permanent employment; and

WHEREAS, industry has shown a willingness to hire those people whose aptitudes show them to be producers, regardless of so-called physical handicaps; and

WHEREAS, industry is interested today in hiring all men and women who are capable of producing goods and services on an equitable basis; and

WHEREAS, there is opportunity now to gainfully employ almost every person regardless of physical condition so long as they are properly trained in the procedure of the job they are assigned to perform; and

WHEREAS, it is a duty of state and private agencies to provide such training and give assistance to our handicapped people in order that they may become full-fledged productive citizens in their communities; and

WHEREAS, following such training, industrial and business establishments should open their doors to these people who have been certified as able to be self-supporting ; and

WHEREAS, greater understanding should be developed to emphasize the contribution properly trained physically handicapped workers can make to the community; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and proclaim the week of October 6 through 13, 1956, as


I strongly urge that public and private employers in Delaware assist in making the vocational rehabilitation of our handicapped a reality by considering them as regular recruits in the labor force for positions to be filled by their particular skills.

I further urge public cooperation with the Governor's Committee on the Employment of Physically Handicapped to call attention wherever possible during this observance to the great skill and abilities developed by those who have overcome their infirmities and stand ready to serve as productive and responsible citizens.

Through the media of publicity, talks 'before civic and industrial groups and similar contacts, it is my firm belief that we can sell this program to our employers and assist in establishing a stronger and more stable economy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State

(Great Seal) to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Twentieth day of September in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State