ERIC Number: ED197549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Mental Retardation and the Law: A Report on Status of Current Court Cases.
President's Committee on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC.; Boston Univ., MA. School of Law.
The document reports the status of over 100 current court cases relating to the rights of handicapped individuals. Court cases are divided into the following categories: commitment, community living, criminal law, discrimination, guardianship, institutions and deinstitutionalization, medical-legal issues, parental rights and sexuality, special education, and miscellaneous. Information is usually given on location of the court, case number, description of the plaintiffs and defendants, and a brief review of the case. Among the issues addressed are the following: commitment to state institutions, establishment of group homes for the mentally retarded, conviction of mentally retarded individuals for criminal acts, denial of an impaired individual to a school of nursing, nomination of and payment for guardians for state facility patients, creation of less restrictive alternatives to the state hospital for the mentally disabled, provision of medical services in a child whose parents refused treatment, right to denial of sterilization, provision of free appropriate education by a local school district, and child support for a mentally incapacitated adult child. (SBH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Developmental Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: President's Committee on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC.; Boston Univ., MA. School of Law.