About children -- The Nelsons -- The Dolans -- The Safioleses -- The Pyms -- The Werners -- About schools -- The Taggarts -- The Hiramatsus -- The Chapmans -- The Basses -- Education for all -- About citizens -- Marie Strausbaugh -- Lance Peake -- Jeff McNary -- Sharon Gowdey
"Following the Second World War, a generation of Seattle parents went against conventional medical wisdom and refused to institutionalize their children with developmental disabilities. This book presents a visual narrative of thirteen of these remarkable families. With a rich array of interviews, photographs, newspaper clippings, official documents, and personal mementos, photographer Susan Schwartzenberg captures recollections of the struggle and perseverance of these parents. Becoming Citizens traces their dogged determination to make meaningful lives for their children in the face of an often hostile system."
"Breaking the silence that characterizes the history of disability in the United States, Becoming Citizens is a substantive contribution to social and regional history. It demonstrates the ways in which personal experiences can galvanize communities for political action. The centerpiece of the book is the story of four mothers-turned-activists who coauthored Education for All, a crucial piece of Washington State legislation that was a precursor to the national law securing educational rights for every person with a disability in America."--Jacket