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President John F. Kennedy Signs the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Center Construction Act, October 31, 1963

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Twenty-nine days before his death, President John F. Kennedy signs the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Bill in the Oval Office (October 24, 1963).

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Disability Awareness Activity Packet- (note: This packet is good, but almost 10 years old. It contains the phrase “mental retardation” because that is the language used then. You may want to change that part to “intellectual disability.”)

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Infants have immature immune systems because they have not had the ability to develop antibodies to diseases. Immunizations protect children from potentially fatal diseases that can cause mental retardation, paralysis, sterility, coma and death. The following schedule offers a guideline for immunizations; interruptions in the immunization schedule do not invalidate previous immunizations for some series, while other series must follow a strict schedule

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I have three boys on the spectrum, and this is very true. Also, autism does not equal mental retardation; some kids have both, but not all.

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Gene Tierney. Acclaimed as one of the great beauties of her day. By 1953, Tierney's mental health problems were becoming harder for her to hide; she dropped out of Mogambo and was replaced by Grace Kelly. She suffered a life of mental illness and the tragic loss of her Daughter having contracted rubella while pregnant. She died in 1991 of emphysema aged 70.

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