Jerry Walsh, from The Arc of Minnesota quotes Bengt Nirje, Secretary General of the Swedish National Association for Mentally Retarded, as saying:
"The key is trying to achieve the same good standard of life for people with developmental disabilities as we want for people who live in the general society. Our aim is to create the conditions of life as similar or the same as for the rest of the population. You have to do it for human dignity and human decency."
Gerald F. Walsh traveled to several northern European countries to observe services for the people with developmentally disabilities.
It is against this backdrop that the implications of major changes in federal funding can become clearer.