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Disability History: Disability Rights Movement in Cleveland, OH

I want to thank Cheryl Gorham of LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential) for reaching out to me. I received an email from her telling me about a set of interviews on YouTube documenting the disability rights movement in Cleveland, Ohio. John Leoni, graduate of Case Western, recorded an oral history of the Disability Rights Movement in Cleveland, OH and created 12 videos. These interviews were conducted from 2005-2006. Many thanks!

The first video is an interview with Mary Verdi Fletcher of Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels Company & School. She discusses growing up with a disability.

I remember saying “I will never come back”

For more about Mary Verdi Fletcher:

Check out all 12 videos:


Do you know of videos, oral histories or interviews of people with disabilities in your local area? Email Alice:


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