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The History of Inclusion in the United States

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Advocacy by the NARC

The decade also saw the dramatic expansion of the voice and influence of the most prominent disability advocacy group at the time, the NARC. Empowered by support from popular public figures such as Dale Evans Rogers and by involvement with the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation, the NARC took center stage in much of the conversation concerning rights and policy related to disability. In 1963, the organization published “in the public interest” a Bill of Rights for retarded children, essentially a restatement of its Educational Bill of Rights from 1953. The document asserted the


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