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Special Exhibit – Pennhurst State School & Hospital: Pennsylvania’s Legacy in the Disability Civil Rights Movement – Harrisburg
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Considered by many to be the epicenter in our nation’s fight for disabilities civil rights and justice, Pennhurst ushered in the federal Rights to Education, Life in the Community, and Fair Treatment & Freedom from Harm. The subject of countless photographic exhibitions, documentaries, and TV programs (on the Travel Channel, History Channel, Destination America, Ghost Adventures, and more), Pennhurst remains a universal reminder that we must never repeat the human indignities and atrocities of its past. It’s the story of the isolation, neglect, and abuse of more than 10,500 residents over a span of nearly eight decades in a disastrous social construct ─ and a microcosm of the horrific practice of the “institutional model of care” for people with disabilities. It must never happen again.