The genetic, biological, clinical, educational, and physical aspects of intellectual disabilities have occupied the attention of the Kennedy Foundation over the years. In 1971, the Kennedy Foundation sponsored Choices on Our Conscience, the first international symposium on medical ethics.
Recently, there has been a growing awareness of ethical implications on the feild and on individuals with intellectual disabilities. Major educational and training efforts in the broad area of bioethics have been supported and headed by programs funded by the Kennedy Foundation.
Kennedy Foundation Work:
Many of the country's and the world's leading medical ethicists emanated from Kennedy Foundation-supported medical ethics programs. The Kennedy Foundation gives funding to two major centers for bioethical study.