When President Kennedy made his inaugural speech in 1961, there was no mention of initiatives on intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). Yet, the efforts by his administration and the Kennedy family to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families are one of their most enduring legacies. The Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison bears the indelible fingerprints of those efforts.
Video: Commemorating Kennedy’s Waisman connection
Fifty-one years ago today, President John F. Kennedy sent a telegram to Harry Waisman congratulating him on the dedication of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Laboratories. Two days later, the president was dead. Marsha Mailick recounts the connection between the Kennedys and what would become the Waisman Center.
PKU pioneer Dr. Harry Waisman’s work still impacts the world
Kay Emerson, one of the first patients treated successfully for the PKU disorder in the United States, talks about researcher Dr. Harry Waisman.
Historic video: Harry Waisman advocates for PKU screening
In a rare look back in time, we’re given a glimpse into the early research and community outreach of Harry A. Waisman, MD, PhD, one of the lead researchers of Phenylketonuria (PKU), an inherited condition caused by an accumulation of the amino acid phenylalanine.
Madison remembers JFK
Stu Levitan, Isthmus Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1963 Cloudy, humid, high 48 President John F. Kennedy begins his last full day in the White House with a Western Union telegram to UW-Madison President Fred Harvey Harrington. …
The Wisdom of Waisman
It has always been a challenge to describe the Waisman Center on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.