Megan Q. Linton
Invisible Institutions is a new documentary podcast exploring the past and present of institutions for people labelled with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Canada
Trailer: Locked In
Trailer: Locked In
Introducing Invisible Institutions, a new documentary podcast exploring the exploitation, isolation, resistance and survival of people labeled with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Trailer 2: Labour Exploitation
Invisible Institutions is a new documentary podcast about the institutionalization, exploitation and resistance of people labelled with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
E1 The Institutions That Remain
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
1 hr 9 mins
E2 Sheltered Workshops
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
E3 Manitoba Developmental Centre
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
E4 Lifetimes in Long-Term Care
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 .
E5 Let’s Talk About Sex and Reproductive Justice
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