|Details: This course is presented as an introductory course dealing with significant problems of developmental disabilities. The definition and characteristics of the learner with mental retardation are examined in depth. Other topics addressed are normalization, deinstitutionalization, rights of the retarded, assessment procedures, family issues, and transitioning into the community. Field experiences are a major component of this course with opportunities for students to observe and interact with individuals with mental retardation. The sites for filed experiences provide for a range of ages and abilities in various settings, not exclusively educational environments.