It is estimated that between seven and eight million Americans of all ages, or 3% of the general population, experience intellectual disabilities. Nearly one in ten families in the U.S. are directly affected by a person with intellectual disabilities at some point in their lifetimes.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson established The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), formerly The President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, to ensure the right of a “decent, dignified place in society” for people with intellectual disabilities. cit

Knights of Columbus programs supporting and assisting people with intellectual disabilities have been ongoing for many years. Knights throughout the world unite in charity and love of our brothers and sisters.

There are many ways in which Councils can get involved in this worthy Program. Whether it is through Tootsie Roll Drives, hosting and or financing Fun Nights at your Parish, or working with other local organizations.

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