The little-known story of Pennsylvania's pivotal role in the history of the civil rights movement of people with disabilities across our commonwealth, our nation, and around the world on June 26 ─ 30, 2017 at the Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA.
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.