Longmore Institute's 'Patient No More' Show Documents Historic Disability Rights Protest
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
BERKELEYSIDE -- “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights,” a multimedia exhibit, is as bold and engaging as the historical movement it documents. Known as the “504 Occupation,” the protest achieved important advances in the implementation of accommodations for people with disabilities. “Patient No More” is a project of San Francisco State University’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability. Through extensive outreach among local disability-rights activists and other communities, the exhibit curators — Fran Osborne, Emily Beitiks and Catherine Kudlick — worked with students from San Francisco State University to gather oral histories and videotape interviews with many surviving 504 occupiers. They also collected photographs, posters, flyers, buttons, correspondence, and other artifacts which are imaginatively and variously displayed and explained throughout the ramp lobby and atrium on the ground floor of the Ed Roberts Campus in South Berkeley.