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Planning For The Retarded Delinquent
To a very considerable extent, the strengths and weaknesses of educational, vocational and treatment programs for retarded children will rest on prevailing community attitudes. There is little use in training a retarded child with painstaking effort to become socially adept and responsive, if misinformed, fearful neighbors will have their children shun him and make him the outcast of the neighborhood. There is little use in teaching a retarded youth work habits, independence in getting about and occupational skills, if misguided townspeople, haunted by old wives tales and superstitions, refuse even to consider that a mental handicap, too, can be partially overcome. I hope your Commission will give close study to the need for educating the public regarding mental retardation and that you will see fit to come forth with specific recommendations in that area....
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Title: Planning For The Retarded Delinquent
Creator: Gunnar Dybwad (author)
Date: February 13, 1958
Format: Speech
Source: Friends of the Samuel Gridley Howe Library and the Dybwad Family
Keywords: Advocacy; Architecture; Children; Cognitive Disability; Crime; Economics; Education; Educational Institutions; Employment; Family; Government; Gunnar Dybwad; Independent Living; Institutions; Intelligence Tests; Jurisprudence; Labor; Labor & Commerce; Laws & Regulation; Mental Retardation; New Jersey; New Jersey Youth Study Commission; Nomenclature; Parenting; Policy; Prejudice; Service Organizations; Social Welfare & Communities; Social Work; Special Education; Stanley Powell Davies; The Arc; Trenton, NJ; Vocational Rehabilitation
Topics: Government, Policy & Law; Social Movements & Advocacy
Note: Testiminy before the New Jersey Youth Study Commission, Trenton, New Jersey.