Willowbrook Photo Essay
Willowbrook State School on Staten Island in New York was a notorious example of the failure of institutions to meet the needs of the people they were intended to serve, and the subject of the 1972 ABC news exposé Willowbrook, the Last Great Disgrace. This slide show of images has been adapted from a video photo essay by William Bronston M.D. made up of images from Willowbrook.
New York’s Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) held a “landmark event” November 13, 2007 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of closing Willowbrook and posted a timeline outlining events related to Willowbrook.