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CEMETERY PROJECT
Restoring the dignity of people who are buried in numbered but unnamed graves at Developmental Centers and other institutions

Community with flowersWe would also like to develop a curriculum to teach about these issues that would be available to the high schools, colleges, and the general community. It is our hope the young people with disabilities and the general community will know the history of institutional life so that we can assure that it never happens again. This could be a possible project for members of our speaker’s bureau. The curriculum could also be on SA’s website.



Reading Names We intend to work to broaden our partnerships with groups across the state interested in this issue to include provider organizations, parent groups, Colleges and Universities, other groups of people with disabilities, and local communities where the cemeteries are located.

We believe that what we propose above can be done without a huge amount of government funding; in fact some private funds could also be sought. We also believe these things can be done without legislation or change in the Mental Hygiene laws governing confidentiality.

BricksWe believe there is no viable argument to prohibit people’s names from being placed on a plaque that acknowledges that people who lived at a given institution were buried in unnamed graves there.


 
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