Following our several telephone conversations, I am sending you two prints of paintings done by Joni Eareckson as well as
a picture of Joni doing a painting with her teeth.
To recapitulate, it seemed to me a very appropriate thing for the JAMA cover, which is usually devoted to a work of art, to
use the work of art of a handicapped person in acknowledgment of the AMA's recognition of the International Year of Disabled
Persons. One scenario which I thought might be very effective is a picture on the cover done by a paraplegic who paints with
her teeth, inside the cover the President's proclamation on the Year of Disabled Persons, and on the masthead of the JAMA,
a picture of the artist at work with the paint brush between her teeth. She is not only an able artist but, as you can see
from the material I am sending you, a very attractive girl as well and I think the psychological advantage to the handicapped
people of the country and the reminder to physicians of what the potential of these people can be would be of inestimable
I will be glad to discuss this with any of the people at the AMA if you would be kind enough to put them in touch with me.