The Panel recommended that:

  • The U.S. Office of Education should exercise national leadership in the development of educational services for children with developmental disabilities.

  • Specialized educational services must be extended and improved to provide appropriate educational opportunities for all children with developmental disabilities.

  • The States, communities and private foundations should undertake an extensive expansion of manpower training programs.

As a result, The Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963 included provisions for training personnel, and research and demonstration projects in special education.

President Kenedy with people