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LOWER LAKE―Exhibit: Patient No More

August 14, 2019October 4, 2019

Marchers in an SF Rally by photographer Anthony Tusler.

Photo by Anthony Tusler; courtesy of Exhibit Envoy.

LOWER LAKE―The exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights” will be on display at the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum from Aug. 15 to Oct. 4.

The exhibition uncovers the stories behind a turbulent April in 1977, when people with disabilities successfully launched protests across the nation to get Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 signed into law.

In this exhibition, visitors will get a chance to appreciate how the occupiers built networks of support, from unions to the Black Panthers; how protesters influenced the media and changed the language used to cover the protest; and the controversies of 504, especially in regards to race and deafness. Above all, this exhibition reminds all of us that disabilities are a source of creativity and innovation, not pity or tragedy.

Large print, braille copies of exhibition text, audio descriptions, and audio-described and captioned videos combine to make this show as accessible as possible.

Additional related programming includes a speaker series:

Saturday, Aug. 24, at 12pm: Photographer and disability rights activist Anthony Tusler will be speaking on his experience at the 504 sit-in.

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 12pm: Illene Dumont and other members of People Services Inc. will be speaking on the history of People Services and on disability in Lake County.

Additional speakers are pending. Please check the Museums of Lake County Facebook page for more dates and speakers.

Patient No More is presented by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, made possible with support from a California Humanities Community Stories Grant, and traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

Exhibit is on view Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum

6435 Main St.

Lower Lake, CA 95457

Read this article for more details.


This exhibit is supported by California Humanities through a 2015 Community Stories Grant.