ERIC Number: ED084744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
The Rights of the Mentally Handicapped.
National Association of Coordinators of State Programs for the Mentally Retarded, Arlington, VA.; Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia. Office of Developmental Disabilities.
Presented are nine papers given at a 1972 Washington State conference on the rights of the mentally handicapped for state attorneys and professionals in the mental retardation and mental health fields. The keynote address, by the Honorable David Bazelon focuses on the Wyatt vs. Stickney Alabama court case which affirmed the right to treatment of institutionalized patients. The administrator's perspective on the rights of the mentally handicapped is considered in three papers. The implications of recent litigation involving the rights of the mentally retarded is reviewed by Robert Gettings. David Ray looks at past, present, and future trends in state program development. Discussed by Philip Roos is the role of private organizations such as the National Association for Retarded Children. The attorney's perspective on rights of the mentally handicapped is centered on in three presentations: Bruce Ennis answers questions on the National Council on the Rights of the Mentally Impaired; Thomas Gilhool summarizes the Pennsylvania Right to Education suit; and Sterling Ross reports on the status of the mentally retarded under California law. Also given is a panel discussion on the Wyatt vs. Stickney right to treatment case. The results of workshop/discussion groups on current and future trends in the protection of legal rights of the mentally handicapped are reported. An annotated bibliography of 27 items on the right to treatment and the right to an education is also provided as is a glossary of legal terms, a position paper on peonage, the conference agenda, and sources of information. (DB)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Conference Reports, Court Litigation, Equal Education, Exceptional Child Education, Legal Responsibility, Mental Retardation
National Association of Coordinators of State Programs for the Mentally Retarded, Inc. 2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 802, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Coordinators of State Programs for the Mentally Retarded, Arlington, VA.; Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia. Office of Developmental Disabilities.
Note: Proceedings from a Bi-Regional Conference (San Francisco, California, June 14-16, 1972)