Friday, August 19, 2011

One Man's Journey to Independence

This is such a powerful story. It truly displays that people with disabilities -- regardless of their level of abilities -- still have a right to lead the life of their choosing ; one with independence, dignity and respect.

SACRAMENTO -- The journey of Ed Etter Jr. to a home of his own is a telling documentary of the evolution of developmental disability services in California.
In 1943, Ed Jr. was born in Missouri while his father, a Navy man, was bravely fighting in World War II. When Mr. Etter came home from the war, his wife was missing, and so was his newborn son.
According to Mr. Etter, Mrs. Etter took everything (even the light bulbs) and moved to California. Eventually she placed an eight-year-old Ed into Sonoma State Hospital.

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