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Help Pass The Disability Institutions Commission Bill

Massachusetts once had 27 state schools and hospitals for people with disabilities.
Their full story has never been told.
Thousands need answers before they are lost forever.
S.1257/H.2090 will ensure they get them.

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An Unprecedented Coalition

More than two dozen disability rights organizations have joined together in support of the creation of a disability-majority commission that will

  • Document the location of records from former state hospitals (mental health) and state schools (intellectual and developmental disabilities)

  • Locate and identify unmarked and nameless graves,

  • Document the stories of former institutional residents and employees,

  • Present a human rights framework for public recognition of the Commonwealth’s guardianship of citizens with disabilities throughout history, including recommendations for memorialization and public education

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Erasing the Stigma


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