Willowbrook State School -- A Voice Behind the Wall

Willowbrook State School -- A Voice Behind the Wall

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WARNING: graphic images of mentally and physically disabled children left in extreme states of neglect. "Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace"

WARNING: graphic images of mentally and physically disabled children left in extreme states of neglect. "Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace"

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Willowbrook State School was a state-supported institution for children with intellectual disability located in the Willowbrook neighborhood on Staten Island in New York City from 1947 until 1987. The school was designed for 4,000. By 1965 it had a population of 6,000. Public outcry led to its closure in 1987, and to federal civil rights legislation protecting the disabled.

Willowbrook State School was a state-supported institution for children with intellectual disability located in the Willowbrook neighborhood on Staten Island in New York City from 1947 until 1987. The school was designed for 4,000. By 1965 it had a population of 6,000. Public outcry led to its closure in 1987, and to federal civil rights legislation protecting the disabled.

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As a reporter for WABC-TV in 1972, Geraldo Rivera slipped into the Willowbrook State School for the mentally retarded and exposed the dreadful conditions there. He won several awards for his efforts.

As a reporter for WABC-TV in 1972, Geraldo Rivera slipped into the Willowbrook State School for the mentally retarded and exposed the dreadful conditions there. He won several awards for his efforts.

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Forgetting not an option: Horrors at Willowbrook State School remembered at annual CSI lecture

Forgetting not an option: Horrors at Willowbrook State School remembered at annual CSI lecture

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One of the buildings of the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island that was in operation from the 1930s until it closed in 1987 due to allegations of abuse of the disabled.

One of the buildings of the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island that was in operation from the 1930s until it closed in 1987 due to allegations of abuse of the disabled.

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