ERIC Number: ED072582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-2
Reference Count: 0
Advocacy for the Legal and Human Rights of the Mentally Retarded.
Segal, Robert M., Ed.
Nine presentations from a conference on advocacy of the legal and human rights of the mentally handicapped are given. Robert Segal considers parents and professionals to be the primary advocates for the retarded, while Virginia Nordin examines the implications of recent court cases for the retarded's right to legal process and redress. The right to dignity is discussed by Marjorie Kirkland, and William Cruickshank suggests that the right not to be negatively labelled is important for the retarded. The right to financial assistance is presented by Mary Wagner. Lynwood Beekman recommends action at the local, county, and state levels to insure the right to education for the handicapped. Lorraine Beebe delineates the right to community services such as appropriate physical and mental health care. Inadequate finances and staff are seen by Lawrence Turtond to result in a failure to provide the retarded with the right to adequate treatment in state institutions. Robert Burt considers questions implicit in the right to marry and the right of choice regarding sterilization. Reports of seven group workshops which discussed the presentations are given, as is an evaluation of the conference. (DB)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Conference Reports, Court Litigation, Educational Needs, Exceptional Child Education, Legal Responsibility, Mental Retardation, Sexuality
University of Michigan, Publications Distribution Service, 615 East University, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 ($1.25)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Services and Mental Health Administration (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Maternal and Child Health Service.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for the Study of Mental Retardation.
Note: Proceedings of the Advocacy Conference of the Institute for the Study of Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2, 1972