It is important to recognize that much of the thinking about families at this time was in the context of the child with disabilities as the source of burden.
The report of a 1968 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development conference began with this perspective:
"In our society, with its stress on the American Dream of success for all, the [child with developmental disabilities] is a symbol of failure… In the family, he is almost inevitably a burden, even when he is regarded as a valued and beloved member."
Hubert Humphrey: Both Muriel and Hubert Humphrey were dedicated and committed to assuring quality services for individuals with developmental disabilities, and the financial investments that needed to be made.
ADA and Baby Doe