Elizabeth Boggs: JFK

Elizabeth Boggs: "Some of us knew in 1960, that John Kennedy had a mentally retarded sister, we also knew that the family didn't wish that to be mentioned. We were not entirely prepared for the favorable developments that subsequently occurred. His sister, Eunice Shriver, suggested to the president that he appoint a president's panel. The panel was appointed in the fall of 1961, as a result of the report which was filed with the president in fall of 1962. Two pieces of legislature were drafted and put through the legislative process and signed by President Kennedy in October 1963. Public law 88-156 expanded some of the activities of the children's bureau and the internal and child health program, but also provided money to the states for comprehensive planning in mental retardation."