Delaware General Assembly




Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That in order to provide for the vocational rehabilitation of physically disabled persons, there is hereby established, under the direction and control of the State Board for Vocational Education, a division for the vocational rehabilitation and placement in remunerative employment of persons whose capacity ' to earn a living is or has been destroyed or impaired.

Section 2. That for the purposes of this Act the term "physically disabled person" means any person who, by reason of a physical defect or infirmity, whether congenital or acquired by accident, injury, or disease, is, or may be expected to be, totally or partially incapacitated for remunerative occupation; the term "vocational rehabilitation" means the rendering of a disabled person fit to engage in a remunerative occupation.

To be eligible for rehabilitation a person must be vocationally handicapped, and must be susceptible of rehabilitation.

Section 3. The State Board for Vocational Education is hereby authorized and directed:

(a) To make rules and regulations for the disbursing of funds provided for the vocational rehabilitation of disabled persons;

(b) To appoint and to provide for the compensation of the personnel necessary to administer this Act;

(c) To rehabilitate vocationally, and place in remunerative occupations persons eligible for the benefits of this Act.

(d) To make such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the administration of this Act;

(e) And to report annually to the Governor on the administration of this Act.

Section 4. The State Board for Vocational Education and the Industrial Accident Board are hereby empowered and directed to formulate a plan of cooperation, to become effective when approved by the Governor.

Section 5. The State Board for Vocational Education is hereby authorized and empowered to receive such gifts and donations as may be offered unconditionally, or under such conditions as in the judgment of said State Board are proper and consistent with the provisions of this Act. All moneys received as gifts or donations shall be deposited in the State Treasury and shall constitute a special fund to be used by the State Board in carrying out the purposes of this Act. A report of all gifts and donations received and all disbursements made therefrom shall be submitted annually to the Governor of the State.

Section 6. The State of Delaware hereby accepts the provisions and benefits of the Act of Congress entitled, "An Act to Provide for the Promotion of Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons Disabled in Industry or Otherwise and Their Return to Civil Employment," approved June 2, 1920, as amended; and designates the State Treasurer as custodian of all moneys received by the State from appropriations made by the Congress of the United States for vocational rehabilitation of persons disabled in industry or otherwise, and authorized the State Treasurer to make disbursements therefrom upon the order of the State Board for Vocational Education; and empowers and directs the State Board for Vocational Education to cooperate with the Federal Office of Education, U. S. Department of the Interior, in carrying out the provisions of the national Vocational Rehabilitation Act.

Section 8. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1939. Approved April 12, 1939.