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Disability History

Milestones of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient (C/S/X) Movement for Social Justice

Milestones of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient (C/S/X) Movement for Social Justice - Developed for the ADA Legacy Project by Susan Rogers, Pat Risser, and others (PDF, 83KB, 4 pages)

Brief History and Accomplihments of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient (C/S/X) Movement

Brief History and Accomplihments of the C/S/X Movement (PowerPoint, 2.32MB, 16 slides)

NCMHR, SAMHSA Launch Consumer/Survivor History Exhibit

On July 14, we celebrated Bastille Day/International Mental Patients’ Human Rights Day by having a special ceremony dedicated to the opening of the Consumer/Survivor History Exhibit at the SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, MD. This was a very special day for many people who have been involved in this project from its beginning.

Label Jars, Not People Radio Show Remembers Judi Chamberlin

Paula Caplan and Lennard Davis about psychiatry's 'label bible' the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Dan Fisher will help us remember the legacy of Judi Chamberlin. “Label Jars, Not People” was a favorite slogan of Judi, and that's the theme of this show! Hosted by David W. Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International. Click here to listen to the show.

President Obama Proclaims International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This year, in an effort to renew our global commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities, the United States became a proud signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty represents a paradigm shift, urging equal protection and benefits for all citizens, and reaffirming the inherent dignity and independence of the 650 million people living with disabilities worldwide. Today, as we commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate the skills, achievements, and contributions of persons with disabilities in America and around the world. We recognize the progress we have made toward equality for all, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring individuals with disabilities can reach their greatest potential. [To read full proclamation, click here]

Terrific Interview with two of our heroes, Sally Zinman and Jay Mahler by the Rev. Barbara F. Meyers the producer of a public access TV show called Mental Health Matters - Alameda County. The half-hour shows focus on various aspects of mental health. In June 2008 they focused on the Consumer Movement. [Click to view video]

Remarks by Lauren Spiro - Opening of the SAMHSA History Exhibit at the SAMHSA Headquarters, Rockville, Md -  July 14, 2010

Remarks by Lauren Spiro (PDF, 11KB, 2 pages)

The Disability History Museum

Check out this great on-line resource with free access to primary source materials related to disability history - www.disabilitymuseum.org

The History of the Mental Health Consumer Movement

A presentation by Gayle Bluebird, R.N., Su Budd and Sally Zinman. Available in PDF and PowerPoint formats at SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center).

Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Programs

Legal help in your area can sometimes be found at your Protection and Advocacy (P&A) office.

Here is a link to the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) from which you can find links to offices in each state - www.napas.org/aboutus/PA_CAP.htm

Here is a link to Federal Administering Agencies of the local P&A programs - http://www.napas.org/fedadmin.htm

Judi Chamberlin debates E. Fuller Torrey, MD on Involuntary Treatment

Should Forced Medication be a Treatment Option in Patients with Schizophrenia?