Preventing Mental Retardation:

More Can Be Done

HRD-77-37: Published: Oct 3, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1977.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

In November 1971 the President established a national goal of reducing by half the incidence of mental retardation by the end of the century.

No Federal agency is coordinating a national strategy to prevent mental retardation or directing Federal resources toward prevention. Improvements needed in action for preventing mental retardation are: expansion of State programs for detecting treatable metabolic disorders by reaching all newborn infants and including disorders in addition to phenylketonuria (PKU); additional prenatal care; reaching more persons for genetic counseling; expanded efforts to immunize children and test women of childbearing age to prevent measles and rubella; more screening and better reporting of lead poisoning; more comprehensive systems for testing for Rh hemolytic disease; and better organization of programs to study effects of early childhood experiences.

Sep 29, 2016

Sep 28, 2016

Sep 15, 2016

Sep 14, 2016

Sep 12, 2016

Sep 9, 2016

Sep 6, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here