Willowbrook State School

The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook will be screened at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan at 6 p.m. on October 12, 2023.

The screening of the film is hosted by ReelAbilities, an organization dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities, and will include a panel discussion by those who lived the Willowbrook experience.

Panelists include Bernard Carabello, former Willowbrook resident and founder of the Self-Advocate Association of NYS, Dr. Michael Wilkins, former Willowbrook physician and whistle-blower, and Vicky Hiffa, DDPC Executive Director.

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The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook was produced by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in partnership with the New York State Digital and Media Services Center. It has been selected to screen at six NY film festivals so far and has been awarded two “best” and two finalist distinctions. It was selected recently as Best Short Documentary at the Sugar Loaf Film Festival in Chester, N.Y.

The documentary has been translated into Standard and Traditional Chinese, Spanish and Audio Description. Find these and the fully-captioned English version on the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council YouTube Channel.

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