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