Report Sets Stage for County System

1968 - Cuyahoga County

The 1960s began a flurry of activity for the parents’ movement as many worked to improve the conditions in institutions, launched new community services in education and employment, and initiated legislation to improve the lives of people with disabilities. In Ohio, Gov. Michael DiSalle formed the Governor’s Committee for the Mentally Retarded and tasked the committee with studying the community…

A President Takes A Personal Interest

1968 - Cuyahoga County

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation to recommend policy changes to better serve people with developmental disabilities. In a letter to the panel, President Kennedy said, “For over 5 million Americans suffering from some degree of mental retardation, our present system of care might better be called our system of don’t care.” Based…

Local Parent Groups Form

1919 - Cuyahoga County

The earliest stages of a grass-roots movement, led by parents of children with developmental disabilities, began to take hold in the years following the Great Depression. In 1933, the Cuyahoga County Council for the Retarded Child was established in Ohio. This group was founded to assist the children of the region who had been excluded from the public schools. In…