Sam Newlund (Part 3)
Minneapolis Star Tribune Reporter, who produced, with Photographer Earl Seubert, an exposé in the 1960s about conditions at Faribault State Hospital
A Reporter’s First Hand Account
(Run time 1:47)
All of us finally came around to realize that these people did not have to spend their lives in squalid conditions, sitting on some floor someplace rocking back and forth with hardly any attendants around.
They don't have to live like that way. These very people can, in fact, be productive members of society. And it's an amazing thing.
I have written about a couple of them. I dug these clips out of my pile. And they actually... the very kinds of individuals who before that were just sloughed off into warehouses are now out working, sheltered workshops perhaps, but they're doing something. They're living in group homes with a certain amount of independence and a certain amount of supervision as well, whatever is needed.
And there are a number of different programs going now that I can't... specify for you, but it's all in the direction of more and more independence. And these people are proving they can do it.
Even those with an IQ of... there was one person I wrote about in 1987. His recorded IQ range was 20 to 40, and yet he performed janitorial work. I have forgotten the place where he does it.
And what I said at that time was, yet he works, he performs useful labor for which society is willing to pay. He contributes to the gross national product. Well, that idea was just unheard of if you go back to the '60s and '50s.