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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

PHOTO of Siblings Kate and David Fialkowski


Interviews with the Leaders of Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. A collection of stories from advocates, self-advocates and family members who took great risks to ensure the safety and freedom of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. From the Right to Education, to the closing of institutions and the move toward self-determination, Pennsylvania has paved the way for national policies that have led to widespread reform. Watch a short documentary on Visionary Voices or BROWSE THE INTERVIEWS.

PHOTO: rehearsing theater group reach arms upward in unison


A Fierce Kind of Love: A Community Conversation in Performance, Image, Story and Dialogue. The Institute has embarked on the creative interpretation of an untold civil rights story - the history of Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. With support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Institute commissioned and has begun development of A Fierce Kind of Love, a play written by Suli Holum and directed by David Bradley. AFKOL uses word, movement and song to examine the Movement's history and celebrate the struggle, activism and fierce love that fuels the desire for dignity. MORE ABOUT A FIERCE KIND OF LOVE.

PHOTO: Dennis Haggerty


Preservation of personal papers collections significant to Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. In collaboration with Temple University's Urban Archives, the Institute is engaged in the collection and preservation of personal papers collections that enhance our understanding of Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. The Urban Archives is currently home to the personal papers collections of parent-advocates Dennis Haggerty, Leona Fialkowski, Eleanor Elkin and Audrey Coccia. MORE ABOUT THE ARCHIVES.

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