About the Western Pennsylvania Disability Advocacy Movement
In the early 1970s, Western Pennsylvania parents, journalists, and advocates joined together to reveal the issues surrounding the rights of people with disabilities in state-run and state-funded institutions, and strove to correct the issues brought about by the overcrowding, understaffing, and seclusion. The documents contained in this archive show not only the problems within institutions, but also the public's lack of awareness and the emerging recognition of the civil rights of people with disabilities.
These documents contain information regarding those early advocacy efforts, which laid the groundwork for efforts taking place today.
United Way of Allegheny County would like to thank Heinz History Center for its partnership and assistance on this project. All documents on this site are housed at the Heinz History Center Library & Archives.
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