The Surgeon General expresses sincere appreciation to all who contributed their time, experience, and knowledge to support the development of this report and national Blueprint to improve the health of individuals with mental retardation. The Surgeon General would especially like to acknowledge the following:
Among the most valuable contributions were those from members of the public who participated in many ways:
Many national organizations of advocates, patients, and health care professionals supported the Surgeon General’s effort by sharing their expert knowledge, and by participating in the Listening Session and the Conference. In particular, the Surgeon General would like to recognize the major efforts contributed by the following organizations:
The support and continued interest of the following national organizations also are appreciated:
The Surgeon General’s Conference on Health Disparities and Mental Retardation was sponsored by the following Government agencies:
in collaboration with the following agencies:
The Surgeon General would especially like to recognize Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the staff of the Institute for their assistance in conceptualizing the effort, organizing the Listening Session, conducting the Conference, and preparing this report.