Anne Henry (Part 2)

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

Dehumanization Practices

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Time and again we would see people in... people, for instance, in wheelchairs in long lines. And that's how they spent most of their day, in tracking what happened to people.

You know, the buildings really weren't built to be accessible or for people to have any kind of lives. And so, in order to eat, they'd be in a long line and it would take, I don't know, an hour and half for people to get someplace to eat.

Well then they would have to wait again to get back to their unit. And if they were to go anywhere, it would take most of the day just waiting, sitting, with nothing.

So, it really wasn't surprising, I suppose, that there would be a lot of people that were either totally closed in on themselves or self-stimulating or, you know, other kinds of behaviors from the total lack of anything to do or any interaction with others.