A volunteer helps a mentally retarded girl. Close-up of a sign 'State Department of Health, Mansfield. State Training School and Hospital'. Exterior of the building. A man opens a locked door with a key and enters. Superintendent Verne Kelly, mentions help from the University of Connecticut and its students, participating in a cooperative education program, called the "Big Brother and Big Sister" program, particularly for Mansfield children who have no parents or visitors. He quotes one child as saying "a big sister is someone who knows all about us and still likes us."A retarded girl helped by a volunteer tries to bowl. At first she cries. Then she succeeds and is happy. A boy stands nearby. A wheelchair in the background. The woman and the girl smile.
Describes the facilities and various activities for rehabilitation of the 2000 mentally retarded children and adults at Mansfield State Training School and Hospital. Exterior of a building. Snow covered land. A dining room with rows of tables and chairs. Mentally retarded children in Mansfield State Training School and Hospital clean the dining room as a part of rehabilitation program. A mentally retarded child and a woman volunteer on a sled slide down the slope. Children enter a school. 'The Longley School, built in 1951, is one where mentally retarded children are allowed to participate in many activities such as band, dance and sports as a part of the rehabilitation program. Feet of a dancing girl. A boy on a sledge. Children play in a park. Mentally retarded children perform at a program. A man voices his opinion about the need for developing some hobbies in the mentally retarded children helpful for them when they come in contact with the community after the rehabilitation program.
Training for mentally retarded. A mildly retarded boy is trained to use a high powered saw. His instructor observes from the other side of the table and handles the saw. The retarded boy appreciates the patience of his supervisor. Several mentally retarded girls eat food in the dining room of a hostel, in Hartford, Connecticut, run by the Mansfield Training School. A girl enters a room and sits on a bed. Two other girls enter behind her and sit. The girl does her hair in front of a mirror. The two other girls read magazines. A group of girls in a room. The Director, Office of Mental Retardation, Mr Schmikel speaks. A mentally retarded boy.
Governor of Connecticut speaks at Mansfield Training School. Many ladies and gentleman sit on chairs behind him. A group of blind mentally retarded children sings. Several people enter a building. 'The Longley School 1951' written on the wall of the building.
A map of Connecticut, on which Director Bert Schnikel points regional centers such as Hartford, New Haven and the Seaside Regional Center Waterford, on the Long Island Sound. Mr Fred F Finn, Director of Seaside Center points out the importance of family in a mentally retarded person's life. Volunteers take care of children. A volunteer helps a girl to take medicine. The volunteer strokes the face of the child. And the child makes faces. Children play outside on a tractor ride. People get into a car and the car drives away. Mentally retarded children from Mansfield and Southbury come to Seaside Regional Center for the Mentally Retarded to prepare for community life. A boy puts on a television and sits down to watch it. A woman hands things to a girl. Volunteers help children to walk. A mentally retarded girl holds a book in her hands. A postcard sent by a normal sibling of a mentally retarded boy. Children play in snow. A boy sits on a seat while a man bends. A mentally retarded boy plays with his brothers. A couple talks about their mentally retarded child while he sits nearby.
U.S. President John Kennedy attends the first ballgame played at the new $20 million District of Columbia Stadium, or DC Stadium, in April 1962. 45,000 spectators in stands for the opening of the stadium and the Major League Baseball season. Glimpse of the new DC Stadium in Washington, DC, filled with baseball fans. President John F. Kennedy enters the ballpark, accompanied by David Francis Powers, and proceeds toward seats bearing the Presidential seal. Spectators in nearby seats stand to greet the President, and several shake his hand. Scene shifts to players and newsmen on the field all focused on President Kennedy. News photographers are busy photographing him. Camera shifts to President Kennedy making a long throw followed by the ballplayers scrambling for it on the ballfield. View of the President smiling after his throw, with Illinois Republican Senator Everett Dirksen standing to his left, and slightly behind him, and David Powers to his right. Senator George Smathers of Florida is laughing behind them. The President bends down momentarily revealing Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana, directly behind him and Special Assistant to the President Lawrence “Larry” O’Brien, at Mansfield's right. Associate Press Secretary Andrew Hatcher, wearing sun glasses is behind and to left of Dirksen. Closeup of Home plate umpire Charlie Berry shouting "Play Ball!" after brief rain delay. Lights are on during daytime as game is played. Washington Senators player hits single to left field. Senators go on to beat the visiting Detroit Tigers 4-1. (Note: The stadium was later renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, or RFK Stadium, in 1969).