ERIC Number: ED264681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May-3
Reference Count: 0
Future Perspectives: Mental Retardation.
The paper addresses the implications for mentally retarded children of three trends: (1) prevention, research, and curative approaches; (2) normalization; and (3) the reduction of the mentally retarded population by definition. Future preventive measures which will reduce moderate and severe retardation in the U.S. population are envisioned to include utero surgery or fetal therapy to treat problems causing brain dysfunction. Improved treatment of secondary symptoms of retarded persons is also predicted. The acceleration of the normalization principle and the resulting deinstitutionalization is noted. Effects of past definitional changes on the incidence of mental retardations are discussed, and projections are made for future prevalence to be as low as 1% of the general population. It is concluded that reduction in the numbers of persons considered retarded and eligible for service will allow resources to be concentrated on a population with more common characteristics. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mideast Technological University (Antara, Turkey, May 3, 1985).