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Neglect in the Institutions
"You cannot walk onto a unit and see visible injuries on 12 of 14 people that weren't there the week before and not suspect something is terribly wrong there." Two officials share observations about the treatment of residents at Muscatatuck State…

They Told Parents 'Stick Them in an Institution'
"Our society told parents at that time, they’re retarded, you don’t want them at home, stick them in an institution, forget that they were born." Three interviewees who worked as staff at Muscatatuck and New Castle State Hospitals in the 1960s and…

Beth Myers - "They Did Me Wrong"
"They was mean to me. And I'm glad I'm not in an institution no more.” Beth was sent to an Indiana institution when she was young. She didn’t have the opportunity to go to school but states she learned to write and do math. After leaving Muscatatuck…

Education Experiences at Muscatatuck
For children with disabilities before the 1970s and '80s, "a lot of them, I think [the Muscatatuck institution] would be the only chance for any education at all." In local communities, "they weren't invited to the school, they were invited not to be…

Muscatatuck Cemetery Entrance
Residents of Muscatatuck State Developmental Center were buried in an area adjacent to a non-institutional cemetery in Butlerville, Indiana. This photograph was taken by Seth Musselman, probably in 2009. Muscatatuck State Developmental Center…

Residence at the Developmental Training Center
In 1973, the Developmental Training Center (DTC) on the Indiana University Bloomington campus created a deinstitutionalization project utilizing a halfway house approach. It provided residents of Muscatatuck State Hospital and Training Center…

Muscatatuck Oral History - Cindie Underwood Interview
"That was about the same time things were really starting to change. I felt like I was actually being part of a system that was on its way up." Cindie Underwood came to Muscatatuck State Developmental Center in 1989 as a case manager. Over the years…

Transcript: Muscatatuck Oral History - Cindie Underwood Interview
"That was about the same time things were really starting to change. I felt like I was actually being part of a system that was on its way up." Cindie Underwood came to Muscatatuck State Developmental Center in 1989 as a case manager. Over the years…

Patrick Sandy - Deinstitutionalization Project Was Groundbreaking
“We were scratching our heads saying, this is wrong. This isn't the right way to do it, but I'm not sure what the right way is,” describes Patrick Sandy of his experience with the Deinstitutionalization Project at the Developmental Training Center…

Transcript: Muscatatuck Oral History - Belma Elberts Interview
"Even before we started to school we used to go to Muscatatuck. My daddy played baseball... we’d have a picnic after the ball game and they played ball to entertain the patients out there." Belma Eberts' memories of Muscatatuck start in the 1920s…