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Index of Video

Video Interviews (Listed Alphabetically by Interviewee)

Pete Benner

Pete Benner, Executive Director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Council 6.

Part 1: Planning for Closures

Part 2: The Beginning of State Operated Community Services

Part 3: Stakeholder Compromise

Milt Conrath

Milt Conrath, Dakota County Administrator, speaks of his early years in the field.

Part 1: Poor Conditions at Greenbrier Home

Part 2: Giving Up Your Child in Order to Receive Services

Luther Granquist

Luther Granquist, with Anne Henry, both of the Minnesota Disability Law Center, served as plaintiff counsel in the Welsch case.

Part 1: The 45th Anniversary of the Welsch Case Beginning

Part 2: Lack of Individual Assessment and Structured Activity at Cambridge

Anne Henry

Anne Henry of the Minnesota Disability Law Center, worked with Luther Granquist on the Welsch case.

Part 1: Restraint and Seclusion at State Hospitals

Part 2: Dehumanization Practices

Part 3: Getting Children Out of Institutions

Miriam Karlins
Miriam Karlins, former official of the Department of Public Welfare, worked with medical director, David Vail, to eliminate dehumanizing practices in state institutions.

Part 1: Discharge Planning

Part 2: Dehumanization Occurs in All Types of Settings

Part 3: Changes Brought on by the Ward Living Conditions Survey

John Johnson

John Johnson, institutionalized from the age of 5 to age 60, now lives independently and works at an area restaurant.

Part 1: Life at Faribault and Owatonna Institutions

Part 2: One of the First Former Residents Who Lived and Worked Independently

Geri Joseph

Geri Joseph, reporter for the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, did a series of articles on the institutions in 1948 and 1950.

Part 1: Appalling Conditions

Part 2: Geri Joseph Looks Back

Part 3: 1948 Conditions

Toni Lippert

Toni Lippert speaks of her work at the Metropolitan Council as the regional planner for developmental disabilities.

Part 1: Special Education for All

Part 2: Establishing Group Homes

Part 3: Group Home Oppposition

Sam Newlund

Sam Newlund, Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter, with photographer Earl Seubert produced an expose in the 1960s about conditions at Faribault State Hospital.

Part 1: Unannounced Visit and the Exposé of Faribault State Hospital

Part 2: Comparing Kansas and Minnesota Conditions

Part 3: A Reporter’s First Hand Account

Al Quie

Al Quie, former Minnesota Governor, reminisces about the 1956 Legislative Commission and his years of service in Congress, and discusses the future of special education.

Part 1: Coming Together in a Legislative Commission

Part 2: Building a Coalition in Congress

Part 3: Special Education in the Future

Maynard Reynolds

Maynard Reynolds, former Chair, University of Minnesota Dept. of Special Education, speaks of his role with an interim legislative commission to study the needs and problems in Special Education

Watch: The Interim Legislative Commission on Special Education

John Rynders

John Rynders, Professor, University of Minnesota, describes the innovative Project EDGE on Down Syndrome he directed.

Part 1: Project EDGE on Down Syndrome

Part 2: University Experts Visit Cambridge

Jerry Walsh

Jerry Walsh, first executive director of Arc Minnesota, described the major reasons they succeeded in gaining additional funds for staffing at institutions.

Watch: Funding for Staff

Lyle Wray

Lyle Wray served as the first court appointed monitor for the Welsch case.

Part 1: The Magnitude of Change

Part 2: The Impact of the Parent Movement

Eleanor Welsch

Eleanor Welsch, mother of Patty Welsch, whose parents filed the landmark federal suit over lack of care at Cambridge State Hospital.

Part 1: The Beginning of the Welsch Case from a Mother’s Viewpoint

Part 2: The Cambridge Experience

Part 3: Group Homes are a “Godsend”


Cambridge State Hospital Videos

Courtesy Roger Anderson
Project Teach
Before Project TEACH
at Cambridge State Hospital
Project Teach
After Project TEACH
at Cambridge State Hospital
RecreationActivities at Cambridge
State Hospital (1960s)
Physical Therapy Physical Therapy
at Cambridge State Hospital (1961)