Address Presented to the 3rd Annual Symposium on Perspectives on Employment of Handicapped Individuals, Gallaudet College,
In this speech, delivered at Gallaudet College [now, Gallaudet University], Koop expressed his faith in the "transcendent
American ethos" of equality of opportunity and of opposition to discrimination, an ethos that, he urged, should underlie
the employment of persons with disabilities as well. New medical techniques, several of which Koop pioneered as a pediatric
surgeon, enabled children to survive congenital birth defects that once would have been fatal. However, these children often
were left disabled and securing educational and employment opportunities for them was one of Koop's life-long concerns.
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1984-11-16 (November 16, 1984)
Koop, C. Everett
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Congenital Birth Defects and the Medical Rights of Children: The "Baby Doe" Controversy