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American Snake Pit: Hope, Grit, And Resilience in the Wake of Willowbrook

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"We have a situation that borders on a snake pit."
- Robert F. Kennedy

In 1987, following a public outcry about its questionable medical practices, Staten Island's Willowbrook State School for people with intellectual disabilities closed its doors for good.

Flat broke and almost finished with graduate school, Dan Tomasulo -- now a core faculty member at Columbia Univers
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Published May 1st 2018 by Stillhouse Press
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Sharon Danzger
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly eye-opening. Tomasulo gives an incredibly vivid description of the tremendous challenges facing individuals with severe intellectual disabilities as well as the obstacles and difficulties facing their caregivers. His personal character shines through in his storytelling - Dan Tomasulo is an exceptionally kind and caring human being. Most people would have taken the easier path of abandoning these challenging residents and the experimental home he was managing. Not this g ...more
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Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick read. Super interesting. Tough to read about these patients with mental health being cast aside and discarded like trash. Fortunately there are good people in this world who had faith in them and saved them. Amazing what one person can start.
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A poignant, funny, heartfelt memoir about working with the developmentally disabled.
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Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW-this is a true story that will make you appreciate all you have. Tender and heartbreaking, all the characters will stay with you long after you finish the book.
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