Invisible Institutions

Invisible Institutions is a new documentary podcast exploring the past and present of institutions for people labelled with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Canada

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Episodes

Wednesday May 04, 2022

Throughout Canadian history provincial governments have worked to control the sexuality and reproduction of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. For fifty years, Alberta’s Sexual Sterilization Act (1928), made it legal to sterilize people labelled with intellectual disabilities without their consent. More than 2,834 people in the Alberta were subject to involuntary sexual sterilization surgery, but experts say this is just the tip of the iceberg. And today, access to sexual and reproductive rights for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities continues to be compromised by both ableism and institutionalization. Featuring Dr. Claudia Malacrida, Dr. Alan Santinele Martino & institutional survivors.  Transcript:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MNKZqY-JIcZNutmSy8J91_kLSnoEa1NnPJgD6ikGIYQ/edit?usp=sharing  CW: sterilization, sexualized violence & explicit language 

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

More than 150,000 people live in long-term care in Canada, and every single one of them is a person with a disability. Government’s use long-term care as a stop-gap solution to the housing & care crisis, one that is all too often used against people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. A note that this episode contains discussion of sexual violence, physical, emotional and mental abuse, confinement, swearing and force-feeding.   Take care of yourself & be kind to each other.  Here's the transcript . 

Wednesday Mar 23, 2022

The Manitoba Development Centre (MDC) is one of few remaining large-scale government funded and operated institutions for people labelled with an intellectual/developmental disability in Western Canada. MDC survivor David Weremy joins us to share his life-long fight "to shut them down, everyone one of them". We're joined by David Weremy & People First of Canada's Shelley Fletcher. A heads up that today’s episode deals with confinement, sexual and physical abuse and suicide. Here is the Episode 3 Transcript

Wednesday Mar 09, 2022

Sheltered Workshops are workplaces where people labelled with an intellectual/developmental disability are not paid fairly for the work they do. These programs promise training to prepare for employment, but for many it becomes a lifetime of "training". Sheltered workshops are exploitative programs that put workers at significant risk. Guests Ari Ne'eman, Donnie Maclean, David Weremy & Jihan Abbas.  Episode transcript and show notes here CW: suicide, abuse, forced labour  

Wednesday Feb 23, 2022

For over a century, people labeled with intellectual/developmental disabilities were confined into large-scale, state-operated institutions across so-called-Canada. In these places, labeled people were isolated from their communities, subject to abuse, and removed of their autonomy, personhood, all in the name of care. People with disabilities & their allies have been working tirelessly for the last decades to bring these conversations to the light and to close these institutions down for good. Transcript available here & our website invisibleinstitutions.com 

Wednesday Feb 09, 2022

Invisible Institutions is a new documentary podcast about the institutionalization, exploitation and resistance of people labelled with intellectual/developmental disabilities. 

Tuesday Feb 01, 2022

Introducing Invisible Institutions, a new documentary podcast exploring the exploitation, isolation, resistance and survival of people labeled with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

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Invisible Institutions

Invisible Institutions is a new documentary podcast exploring the past and present of institutions for people labelled with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Canada. For transcripts, show notes, and extra content check out our website InvisibleInstitutions.com, follow us on instagram, or on twitter.

Creator and host Megan Linton, a disability researcher and writer, investigates the unreported and invisibilized harms of the institutional system. Join her on her journey to the grounds of current and former institutions, including interviews with survivors, community activists, and experts, as they work together to expose the exploitation, isolation, resistance and survival facing people labeled with disabilities. 

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