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Monday, March 11, 2013

Film Highlights Hepatitis Research on Kids With Disabilities

Willowbrook,” a film that highlights hepatitis research on disabled children during the 1960s, was screened  in New York last weekend as part of ReelAbilities, a festival that features disabilities in film.
“It was unanimously accepted by our board,” said ReelAbilities director Isaac Zablocki. “When we saw it, there was no question we wanted to keep it.”

Although it is a work of fiction, the film is based on the Willowbrook State School, which was an institution in Staten Island, N.Y., for children with intellectual disabilities until the late 1980s. During the 1950s and 1960s, some children there were purposefully exposed to hepatitis for research.


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