Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1983

Abstract

The following article explores the need for increased legal advocacy for mentally retarded persons. Contrasting the services available to the mentally ill with the limited resources for the mentally retarded, the authors highlight the unique problems of this underrepresented population, and examine alternative forums for advocacy. In a practical, straightforward analysis, the article identifies barriers to effective representation, including the fundamental problem of lawyers' and advocates' reactions to institutionalized retarded persons' appearance and behavior, and the effect of these reactions on advocacy efforts. The article is followed by a client interview form and guide that focus on the special problems of the mentally retarded. Although the guide is only one approach to improving the effectiveness of representation, it contains valuable information for both lawyers and advocates, and can also serve as an educational toolfor institutional personnel.

Publication Title

Mental Disability Law Reporter

Volume

7

Issue

1

First Page

49

Last Page

54

Keywords

disability law

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