Options for the Future
In attempting to suggest some options for the future concerning the mildly retarded, we must begin by recognizing that many of the ethical issues raised in this book cannot be fully resolved. The debate between those who believe that the mildly retarded do differ behaviorally as a class, and therefore require paternalistic protection, and those who believe that the mildly retarded do not differ significantly enough from persons of normal intelligence to justify depriving them of rights accorded the average citizen will continue to be argued. This ongoing debate inevitably means that alternative practical approaches to dealing with the mildly retarded will remain in force involving, for instance, an emphasis on special educational programs in one community and on mainstreaming in another, depending upon the philosophy of the individuals in charge of such programs.
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