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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge has pilot project Mentally retarded seek social invisibility r V Worker in sheltered workshop stuffs telephone call pillow. By R. J. ANDERSON The Canadian Press He's at the bus buying a newspaper. That's the thing to do get a hide behind be like everyone else. You sit down beside him and may never know he is mentally retarded. He has been trained to perform useful to take his rightful place in to be like everyone to be He will never be He is an unfortunate who suffers neither from illness nor disease but isn't as the unthinking onlooker says He is one of Canadians who are mentally retarded. Can hit anywhere A mentally retarded person is one with arrested development due to something that occurred before or just after birth. His intellectual functioning is below average. HIS intelligence quotient a phrase that modern psychologists avoid because they say it is misleading will range from 70 down. The IQ of a person is considered to be from 90 to 110 with 100 being the basic norm. Mental retardation can occur in any rich or poor. A birth injury and infant disease are only two of more than 200 known causes. Most cases are rated as mild. Once the parents of a severly retarded child had no To businessmen who have or axe planning to a Rapidman Electronic Eaton's offers solid reassurance of continuing Whether you're a present owner or a pro- spective purchaser of any Rapidman you can be assured of qualified service on all models of these Canadian-made calculators through any Eaton Store or Cat- alogue Sales and in the future. In addition to the specific performance warranty that comes with each Rapidman your purchase is protected by the overriding Eaton Guarantee of Satis- factory or Money Refunded'.' 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Above as is shown in the second of three the mentally retarded who know they are not seek alternative but to send the child to a government-run institution but in recent years there has been a dramatic change in thinking regarding the treatment and care of the mentally retarded. Dr. G. Allan Saskatchewan native and director of the National Institute of Mental said in an interview in now have enough evidence and proven experience that we know the retarded can be cared for adequately in the community. big challenge now is to make that program complete in the community so that the parents don't send them to New approach taken The institute is sponsored by the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded an asociation of affected parents and concerned citizens with professional worker.s. The CAMR for 25 years has prodded government and the public to look at mental retardation as a social problem to be handled like welfare for the chronically to ease the mental and financial burden of the parents. The CAMR says million is needed to get most of the mentally retarded out of institutions and seeks million this year for the purpose. Many of the Canadians now in institutions for the retarded needn't be said Dr. Roeher. They could be integrated into the community and trained to do useful work at a saving to the public purse of between and a day each costs taxpayers million just to keep 20 people in an institution for 60 he said. would cost roughly a third to do it the other way bring them into the community. The difference is that there you are putting them into a prison and here you're treating them as normal. simply doesn't make economic sense let alone the humanitarian aspect of doing this when half of these people we shut away with be made useful members of Golden Mile To this end the CAMR is sponsoring ComServ- Comprehensive Community Service Project under which the mentally retarded may be fully integrated into community life. They live quietly in residential are taught to do work within their to ride on public to be inconspicuous. Canada's pilot program is about to open in Lethbridge. Its progress will be charted as a guide to a national program to get the public involved in what the CAMR says will be the volunteer social program in ComServ is an expansion of a program the CAMR has long advocated taking most of the mentally retarded adults out of big institutions and putting them into the community. To some this is being done now in every province as age-old prejudices fade. had the impressions that the retarded cannot function in the said Dr. Roeher. is being reversed totally. It is being demonstrated now that they can function very and even the more involved The CAMR and associated associations with government financial what are termed sheltered described by Dr. Roher as being a substitute for a regular vocational or service job. In adults do sub-contract work telephone pillos for an Ottawa shop is one product and earn money. In may progress to the point of getting a job in outside industry. Training of the mentally retarded should be started at an early Dr. Roeher adding- was a thought a few years ago that if you got them started at the age of nine or 10 and you got them to school you're doing a lot of good. you start at Day One For what you do in the first five or six years in helping the parents in early stimulation and so on brings them to the point where they are socially competent or can be competent to As a substitute for large mental the CAMR seeks to open small each housing four to six where the residents would be accepted by the community at large and be unnoticed. It cites the case of a man confined to an institution for 27 years at a cost to the public of a year. He was moved to an approved home at a cost of and. though not earns some money. He is Chinook Pensioners Senior Citizens MOTHER'S DAY TEA May p.m. GYM ONE SPORTS Fmhion CourtMy Carousel Knitting Shop Sitter Lauretta Guitar Band Guett Mrs. Kay Martin Homebaking and Handicraft available Tickets 50t Door Prize Everyone Welcome Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Next Monday The final keep fit class for the season will be held at 10 a.m. The Golden Mile Dancers will perform at 2 p.m at Southland Nursing Home. Singing 10 a.m. Dancing 2 p.m Pot luck 1 p.m. Coming The Golden Mile Singers will entertain at the Coaldale Church May 12. Senior citizens needing help with repairs around the home may leave their name at the Golden Mile office. Bulletins regarding summer trips will be out May 22. A general meeting will be held May 23. COFFEE PARTY BAKE SALE ST. Andrew's Church Hall 1818-SthAve. S. May 10 to a.m. Club corner The Japanese UCW will hold a bake sale Friday at 4 p.m. in College Mall. Many Japanese specialities available. Everyone welcome. The Lethbridge Naturalists Society will meet at 8 p.m. Friday in the Bowman Art Centre. Dr. J.H. Bassett will present selected wildlife films. The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens will hold a Mother's Day tea and fashion show Saturday from 2 to p.m. in Gym 1 of the civic centre Entertainment will be provided by Sister Laurette and the guitar band. Convenor of the tea is Hyacinth Burch. Homebaking and handicrafts will be featured. There will be a door prize and tickets are available from any member as well as at the door. Everyone welcome. Women of the St. Michael's Hospital Auxiliary are asked to note a meeting will be held May 13 at 8 p m. This will be the last meeting of the season and a social hour will follow. With care OTTAWA The Con- sumers' Association of Canada warns that sleeping pills should be used with care. It says the body develops partial tolerance to the drug after 10 and after three the tolerance is complete. The bad sleeper then increases the dose and Mce weather for Ducks. When it comes to your favourite Andres pleasure knows no season. Andres Cold a beautiful blend of champagne and burgundy. Or Andres Baby the happy marriage of a red wine to a sparkling white. Whatever tile now's the time to get quacking. NDRES MNTNLKS OI I1NL W1NI.S SPARKLING BABY DUCK ;