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The Kennedy's family interest in working with the mentally retarded: a personal experience. Efforts to improve conditions in the field of treatment and care of the mentally retarded. Discoveries made about the condition, and some of the causes. Informing people about the dangers of contact with measles during pregnancy. The need for vaccination against measles. The establishment of workshops throughout the United States where mentally retarded may work and become accustomed to living away from home. The increase in the hiring of the mentally retarded by government and private industry. Types of jobs the retarded have done successfully. Physical fitness programmes and opportunities for play needed by mentally retarded children. The Special Olympics Programme. Appeals to the audience about how they can become involved in helping. The joys and rewards of helping.