Author Credentials

Sister Mary Samuel Kline, S.S.J.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Mental health laws; People with mental disabilities--Government policy--United States


It seems fair to say that not long ago our society, perhaps unknowingly, looked upon the mentally retarded person as hopeless and incapable, a dangerous sub-human creature. There was little, if any, thought of the mentally retarded having legally enforceable rights. This writer maintains that the mentally retarded are far from hopeless, and like their so-called "normal" brothers, need laws to serve their human needs.


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