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Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with developmental disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

From the Inside/OUT!

From the Inside/OUT! is a multimedia art show that tells the stories and expresses the views of 28 former residents of BC's large institutions for people with developmental disabilities. View the photogallery here.

In collaboration with artist Persimmon Blackbridge, these 28 individuals participated in workshops where they created individual and collective art pieces based on their memories of institutional life and their return to the community. These became the core of a powerful and moving multi-media exhibit that incorporates visual art, sound recordings, written text and photography to record the courageous journey made by these pioneers of community living from a life of confinement and segregation to freedom and self-determination.

A powerful testament to courage, endurance, dignity and creativity, the exhibit eloquently makes the case against life in institutions while contributing to an important but little known chapter in BC's social history.

BCACL gratefully acknowledges the funding support of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, which has assisted in the remounting of this work.

From the Inside/OUT! Video

Directed by Lorna Boschman of Big B Productions, Date: 2000, Length: 25 minutes

For more than a century it was common practice in BC to segregate and confine people with developmental disabilities in large institutions. On October 21, 1996 that practice finally came to an end when the last two residents of Woodlands institution moved to their new homes in the community.

Based on an art exhibit of the same name, this video presents a rich tapestry of images and spoken memories, drawn from the experiences of several individuals who lived in Woodlands, Tranquille, and Glendale Lodge. Challenging, provocative, and above all powerful, this video contributes to an important but little-known chapter in BC's social history.

Suitable for use in secondary schools, colleges and universities, community groups and social justice organizations. Available in DVD format.

Developed by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, in partnership with BCACL, with funding from Social Development Canada.

To order a copy of the video or DVD please contact Moving Images Distribution.