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