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People with Disabilities (1983)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-05-29

Duration: 00:25:55

Subjects: People with mental disabilities | SPECIAL OLYMPICS | Shriver, Eunice Kennedy | People with disabilities


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Ellis, Edward Interviewee
  • Welch, Mildred Interviewee
  • Shriver, Eunice Kennedy Interviewee
  • Craig, Cathy Interviewee
  • Barrett, Patsy Interviewee
  • Richard, David Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from May 29, 1983, focuses on people with physical and mental disabilities in Louisiana. Rob Hinton first reports on the services available through the Caddo-Bossier Association for Retarded Citizens (C-BARC) in Shreveport, including an infant intervention program, a developmental training center for children, an adult work program, and group homes. He interviews Edward Ellis of C-BARC and Mildred Welch, a participant in the adult work program. Genevieve Stewart then visits the Louisiana State Special Olympics competition in Baton Rouge. She interviews Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics, and Cathy Craig, a volunteer. Hinton and Stewart then conduct an in-studio interview with David Richard of the Louisiana Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) and Patsy Barrett of the Bureau for Handicapped People. They discuss: the work of the Bureau for Handicapped People; the need to changes people’s attitudes about people with disabilities; the misconceptions; implementing the laws already on the books; the need for more employment opportunities; and the importance of work to the self-esteem of people with disabilities.