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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Life and history of persons with intellectual disability

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 21, 2016 9:00 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, April 21, 2016:

Imagine living somewhere you didn't choose. Being told you can't love - or leave.

For decades that was reality for people with intellectual disability.

For years, children with intellectual disability were not allowed to attend public schools. Parents were told to send their children with intellectual disability away to institutions - that it was best for the child, the family and the community.

WITF-TV tells that story in i go home, a one-hour original documentary on the history of people with intellectual disability that airs Thursday starting at 8 p.m. (Watch online here.) 

On Thursday's Smart Talk, we meet a few of the people who made the documentary but we'll also discuss life as a person with intellectual disability.

Appearing on the program are Maureen Westcott, Executive Director of the Arc of Lancaster County, Elise, a self-advocate and Maureen's daughter, Bill Krebs, a self-advocate, Dana Olsen,  Projects Manager, Pennsylvania History Coalition Honoring People with Disability and Keira McGuire, the producer of i go home.


Elise Westcott, Maureen Westcott, and Bill Krebs


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