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As director of guardianship for the state, Mildred Thomson recognized the formidable power parents had as advocates. Working closely with local groups, she played a key role in improving conditions and care for people with developmental disabilities from 1924 to 1959.

In addition to spending 35 years as Minnesota's director of guardianship, she was president of the nation's largest professional organization on mental deficiency and helped develop a national association for parents of children with developmental disabilities.

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