With An Eye to the Past -1940s to 1950s
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The National Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Retarded, now known as "The Arc," held its first national convention in Minneapolis in 1950.

When Governor Youngdahl spoke to the group, he said that people with developmental disabilities had the right to:

  • Live with a family
  • Go to school
  • Reach maximum potential
  • Happiness
  • Play
  • Companionship and respect
  • Develop
  • Love and affection.

Governor Youngdahl's complete September 30, 1950 speech can be reviewed at this link.

Governor Youngdahl used Arc's first national
convention to affirm the rights of people with
developmental disabilities.
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