Terrell Dougan

Terrell Harris Dougan became active in advocating for the mentally disabled when she was 12. Her sister, Irene, then six, had just been diagnosed as mentally disabled as a result of a birth injury. Her father started the first Salt Lake County Association for Retarded Children, created a day care center, and organized and created more services for developmentally disabled children. In 1968, Dougan became the president of the Utah Association for Retarded Children (now the Arc of Utah), and in 1972 was invited to be on the board of directors of the National Association for Retarded Citizens (now the Arc of the United States). Her latest book, That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister (Hyperion) is a humorous and touching memoir about life with her special needs sister. [+]