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Catalog Number 2005.216.10
Object Name Newspaper
Scope & Content Newspaper Clipping N.Y. Daily News
Nov. 1, 1963
President Kennedy covers microphone as he talks with Sen. Mansfield after signing mental health bill.
(photo caption)

Washington, Oct. 31 (News Bureau) - President Kennedy predicted that the nation will soon conquer mental retardation of children as a result of a bill he signed today calling for research and treatment.

"In a few years, we can look confidently forward to knowing enough about mental retardation to prevent it in most cases," the President declared. "It should be possible, within the next decade or two to reduce the number of patients in mental institutions by 50% or more."

The bill provides $329 million in federal grants to states, for community health centers, teacher training and research for a four-year period. It is a companion to the measure signed last week calling for a $385 million seven-year program of improved pre-natal and infant care, which also includes prevention of retardation.
Title Newspaper Clipping N.Y. Daily News
Collection Museum of disABILITY