Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - With An Eye to the Past
Introduction 1940s to 50s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

This presentation, "With an Eye to the Past," prepared by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, debuted on February 7, 2001 at a recognition luncheon.

It celebrates the contributions Minnesotans have made to improve the care and quality of life of thousands of Minnesotans with developmental disabilities.

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The Honorable Elmer L. Andersen, former Governor, spoke at the luncheon, recalling in great detail the historical moments and events that contributed to the closing of institutional care facilities in Minnesota and the development of a respectful service delivery system for people with developmental disabilities.

Elmer Andersen

The following day, the Honorable Roger Moe, former Senate Majority Leader, addressed the Minnesota Legislature. He told of the profound and moving speech made by Governor Andersen and invited the membership to view the presentation of the 50 year history made by the Council.

Roger Moe

Click here for an index of documents (Adobe Acrobat PDF format)
related to developmental disabilities policy in the State of Minnesota
from the 1880s to the present time.

Click this link to view an index of video clips contained in this presentation

Access Press History Note Columns by Luther Granquist

State Legislative Summaries by Anne Henry

View a gallery of photos from the Welsch Trial in 1973

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