People with mental handicaps are some of the most vulnerable in our society. Few of them will be able to live their lives without considerable support from parents, professionally trained carers and the community as a whole. The services required to give them the necessary support should not simply be left to evolve — they need planning and financing within a suitable organizational structure. The nature of the people affected by mental handicaps is such that they themselves are unable to develop schemes for care and raise the level of public commitment.
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