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Schools and universities could do more to link their disabled students with potential employers, a new survey on the hiring of handicapped workers suggests.

The poll, conducted by Louis Harris & Associates for the International Center for the Disabled, is based on interviews with chief executive officers, managers, and other executives in 920 companies across the nation. Though most top managers rated the performance of handicapped employees as "good'' or "excellent,'' only 43 percent said they had employed a disabled person in the past year.

The biggest barrier to greater employment of the handicapped, according to 66 percent of the respondents, was a lack of qualified applicants. And 92 percent said a "direct training and rehabilitation link with schools and universities'' would be "somewhat'' or "very effective'' in overcoming such barriers.

The survey also examines issues of cost, employer attitudes, and the availability of training programs in hiring the handicapped.

Information on the survey is available from the International Center for the Disabled, Education and Training Department, 340 East 24th Street, New York, N.Y. 10010.

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