Understanding Mental Retardation

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Appendix C
Selected Federal Legislation and Regulations
Pertinent to Mental Retardation

1963 Public Law 88–164, The Mental Retardation
Research Facilities and Community Mental Health
Centers Construction Act

Authorizes grants for the construction of 14 centers for research on mental retardation and related aspects of human development.

Mental Retardation Research Centers (MRRCs) provide greater visibility for research in mental retardation within the larger research community. They successfully attract basic and clinical research scientists to address the multifaceted programs in mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Core grants both facilitate program coordination and support central research facilities. Funds for specific research projects that use these core facilities come from independent sources including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), other NIH institutes, other federal agencies, state governments, and private foundations.


1968, Public Law 90–284, Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of
the Civil Rights Act, as amended

Prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing and in other housing-related transactions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status. This prohibition includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18 and people with disabilities.

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