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What does "formal program" mean?

 

This was from the following sentence: "In 1968, the dormitory became a formal program run by the state department of rehabilitation."

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    I guess that you are reading "No Pity'.

    The Rolling Quads were university students who used wheelchairs for mobility. The program was established as a way of helping these students, but the program had no governmental ties. A "formal program" gave a governmental agency some oversight and a measure of control over the program. As the book explains, the oversight was not always beneficial for the people who should have been helped.

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