ERIC Number: ED077170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
MR 72, Islands of Excellence. Report of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation.
President's Committee on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC.
The report by the President's Committee on Mental Retardation describes 12 exemplary programs which focus on the prevention of mental retardation or the returning of institutionalized persons to the community, and offers six recommendations for federal action. Introductory material examines trends such as increased public recognition of the monetary savings to be gained from preventive programs, and new approaches to education. The following programs are described: Education for Parenthood, Maternal and Infant Care Project, genetics counseling in California, nurse midwives in Mississippi, Home Start, moves toward establishing the legal rights of the retarded, the Rubella Project, regular class placement and "delabeling" in Texas, the open program of Mansfield State School in Connecticut, the transferral to community living encouraged by the Elwyn Institute in Pennsylvania, and vocational education in Pennsylvania. Addresses are given after each program description from which further information may be obtained. Recommended federal actions include the formation of a mental retardation coordination and liaison offoce, the planning of ways to implement community services as alternatives to institutionalization and the improvement of maternal and infant health care. (DB)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Exceptional Child Education, Federal Government, Government Role, Mental Retardation, Placement, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Trend Analysis
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. (DHEW Publication No. (OS) 73-7)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: President's Committee on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC.