In the Media

Films Document Closing of Brandon, VT, and Laconia, NH, Schools

April 14, 2011

Until the 1990s in both Vermont and New Hampshire, people with developmental disabilities were housed in state institutions – the Brandon Training School in Vermont and the Laconia State School in New Hampshire. When these institutions closed, individuals with developmental disabilities were integrated into the community.

On Tuesday, April 26, from 6:00 – 8:30PM, at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center on Lake and College, Burlington, Howard Center will host a free film and panel presentation to show the effect of community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. A new documentary film, Lost in Laconia, created by Gordon DuBois about the closing of Laconia State School in 1991, will be shown. Brandon was closed soon after and Vermont was the first state to achieve complete community integration. The film will be followed by a panel comprised of clients and staff from Howard Center who lived and worked at the Brandon Training School, as well as Dubois.

This is a joint project of Howard Center’s Diversity Committee and Developmental Services. Thanks to our Host Sponsor, Main Street Landing. The event is free and open to the public.

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