Maine Developmental

Disabilities Council

Life On My Own -

Developmental Disabilities from Institution to the Community


A podcast series from the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

Picture collage of our six interviewees

A new project from the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council aims to tell the stories of former Pineland residents – by having them tell those stories themselves. Working with Keith Ludden of Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc., the Council has funded the collection of six oral histories and developed those interviews into podcasts – giving voice to six unique perspectives on life in an institution.

 

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 Jim Reed

"They had to have bodyguards when I take a shower and everything. Just for one minute they didn’t leave the area. They had to have bodyguards there to watch out what you’re doing. I didn’t like that either. Privacy. That’s not good."

Read the transcript of this interview by clicking here.

 

 

Maryann Preble

"My folks couldn’t come for a while, because where I was just—It hurt me to see them to leave and I got really upset and crying and stuff and they were going to come in and put me in a straitjacket and give me a shot. I finally calmed down, you know, it took me a while, but it was just like they put me there and they went off. It hurt me so bad, you know. It wasn’t my kind of place to be."

Read the transcript of this interview by clicking here.

 

 

Richard Raymond

"When night time comes, you know, one of the worst things that happened was that superintendent was leaving the building, you know, and leaving the kids all unattended and they had big guys up there, coming down, beating us up, you know."

Read the transcript of this interview by clicking here.

 

 

Vicki Schad

"But when he came back home I believe there was a time when Mom and Dad talked to him, not knowing really if he understood, but just telling him that “We didn’t know. We didn’t know what was happening, we didn’t know how sad you were We didn’t know what was going on and we will never, ever send you away again.” And he just began—I think at that point he began to heal."

Read the transcript of this interview by clicking here.

 

 

Paul Easton

"It was like going to a strange place. I had to get used to the place. What they did was my mother and father drove over to the building where they did the signing to let the person come to Pineland and then from there I went to a hospital."

Read the transcript of this interview by clicking here.

 

 

Vanessa Munsey

"This aide come took me down the stairs and ripped my dress and they treat me like a wild animal. If you don’t get up at roll call they put you in the other bed until you get up. They treat you like a crazy person."

Read the transcript of this interview by clicking here.

 

 

 

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