From Wrongs to Rights was a digital archive documenting the efforts of parents, journalists and advocates in the early 1970s to gain rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The effort increased public understanding and moved Pennsylvania and the nation to guarantee the right to education and the provision of home- and community-based services.
The From Wrongs to Rights website, sponsored by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, detailed the advocacy effort to expose problems of overcrowding, understaffing and seclusion in state-run and state-funded institutions, including Polk State School and Hospital in Venango County.
“From Wrongs to Rights” website, created by United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is archived at https://wayback.archive-it.org/11546/20210827130544/https://uwac.omeka.net.
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