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Kennedy Foundation Announces Winners of Awards in Mental Retardation

July 11, 1990

BOSTON (AP) _ Seven people cited for improving the lives of the mentally retarded were named winners Wednesday of the 1990 Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Awards in Mental Retardation.

The winners are former Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr., of Connecticut (Human Service Award); Edward Zigler, Ph.D., of Yale University (Scientific Leadership Award); the Kingsley family of Chappaqua, N.Y. (Special Achievement Award for Families); Paul Wehman, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., and Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, Ph.D., of Brandeis University, Waltham (Future Leaders in Mental Retardation Award).

The awards will be presented at a ceremony Sunday in Hyannis Port celebrating the 100th birthday of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Three women will also receive the first Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Leadership Award for work in the field. Their names will be announced Sunday. The award includes a $15,000 prize.

Weicker, who has a child with Down’s syndrome, wrote legislation mandating educational services to all handicapped pre-school children, wrote the initial Americans with Disabilities Act and led the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. He will be awarded $15,000.

Zigler, who also wins $15,000, wrote groundbreaking books on child development and early childhood education.

The Kingsley family includes Jason, 16, an actor on ″Sesame Street″ who has Down’s syndrome; his mother, Emily, who wrote the acclaimed ″Kids Like These″ television program in 1987; and his father, Charles, who has served on many committees devoted to improving the lives of the handicapped. They will share $5,000.

Krauss is the director of the Starr Center for Mental Retardation at Brandeis.

Wehman developed the concept that with on-the-job support, mentally retarded people can be productive employees in private industry.

Krauss and Wehman will share a $2,500 prize.

The foundation, which has given the awards seven times since 1962, is named for Joseph and Rose Kennedy’s eldest son, who died during World War II. Their daughter, Rosemary, is mentally retarded.

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