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Little Rock, AR, hosts the 5th SHHH Convention where Warren Barnett of Tennessee is elected third president of SHHH. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is awarded the “Walter T. Ridder Award” for his service to disabled people. John Centa of Idaho, retiring trustee, receives the first Howard E. “Rocky” Stone Humanitarian Award. 

Brenda Battat becomes deputy executive director. 

There are 230 chapters and groups in 48 states (exceptions are Alaska and North Dakota). 25 states have volunteer state coordinators. 

Rocky Stone is appointed by President Reagan to a three-year term on the Federal Access Board. (formerly ATBCB) 

Staff increases to 14. 

Publication Resource Materials/books approach the 100 count. Shhh (small letters) is dropped in favor of the use of all Caps at all times. The journal changes format and is titled SHHH Journal

SHHH adopts February as “Family Month” and September as “SHHH National Month.” 

Members make an impact in support of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) signed into law in July.