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Who Are The Mentally Retarded?
This is, of course, absolute and disastrous nonsense because there are no three-year-old children who are five feet seven inches tall and weigh one hundred and sixty pounds, have had twenty years of some kind of social life experience, have adult sexual organs, and have the strength to stand for several hours lifting heavy logs onto a truck. Mentally retarded persons are not "eternal children" and this sentimental way of referring to them as such is an insult to their dignity as human beings....
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Title: Who Are The Mentally Retarded?
Creator: Gunnar Dybwad (author)
Date: July 17, 1967
Format: Speech
Source: Friends of the Samuel Gridley Howe Library and the Dybwad Family
Keywords: Advocacy; American Association On Mental Deficiency; Children; Civil Liberties & Rights; Cognitive Disability; Columbia University; Demographics; Education; Educational Institutions; Gunnar Dybwad; Human Rights; Identity; Independent Living; Intelligence; Intelligence Tests; Mental Retardation; New York; New York City, NY; Nomenclature; Physical Disability; Policy; Prejudice; Psychiatric Disability; Psychology; Social Welfare & Communities; Social Work; Statistics; Summer Institute On Social Work At Columbia University
Topics: Institutions, Organizations & Corporations; Social Movements & Advocacy
Note: Presented at the Summer Institute on Social Work in the Rehabilitation of Mentally Retarded Persons, Teachers College, Columbia University.