Ms. Robinson added “We have a Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council grant to put together this exhibit that conveys the history and work of Speaking For Ourselves, a self-advicacy organization that’s essentially operated by and for people with developmental disability. That’s why we’re here, to look through our history. We were there for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the closure of Pennhurst.”
“These are pioneers with a rich history. These are people that had no voice and claimed their voice. All across the state and all across the nation people, Presidents, Governors, and religious leaders are listening.” stated Mr. Olsen.
Speaking for Ourselves is an organization with the “mission is to be an independent community organization controlled by people with disabilities” to “Find a voice for ourselves, Teach the public about the needs, wishes, and potential of people with disabilities, Speak out on important issues, Support each other through sharing, leadership development, and helping and encouraging each other,” according to their website mission statement. The Pennsylvania History Coalition Honoring People with Disability helped preserve their archival collection. For tours of Elwyn’s archives contact Dr. Elliot Simon at Elwyn, email@example.com.