Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - With An Eye to the Past - 1970's - One Step Forward
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On February 15, 1974, Judge Earl Larson issued a 23-page opinion favoring Welsch. Larson wrote, "The evidence is overwhelming and convincing that a program of habilitation can work to improve the lives of Cambridge residents."

Judge Larson continued, "Everyone, no matter the degree or severity of mental retardation, is capable of growth and development if given adequate and suitable treatment."

His ruling guided the service system for the next several years, resulting in reduced resident populations, increased staffing ratios and improved programming.

Judge Earl Larson
Judge Larson found overwhelming evidence that "habilitation" programs worked.
Luther Granquist

Luther Granquist, with Anne Henry,
both of the Minnesota Disability Law
Center, served as plaintiff counsel
in the Welsch case.

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