Social integration programs needed for mentally retarded

Nov 30, 1974
Lee Mathis, Dick Rothman

Dick Rothman, executive director of the Minnesota Association for Retarded Citizens explains the need for sheltered workshops, work activity centers, and education programs for business and labor of mentally retarded workers. He says with a bit more help and training these individuals can lead productive lives in society rather than sit institutions. He wants funding to improve state hospital conditions, which are shocking, and for startup money for group homes for the retarded, which face problems with zoning restrictions. As the retarded have moved into society in the past five or so years the issue of guardianship restrictions on civil rights needs to be addressed.