Deinstitutionalization and Disability

The DDU Review (1986-1993) was produced by patients with mental illness and intellectual disability as part of a therapeutic program at Indiana’s Central State Hospital. The newsletter details daily life in the Dual Diagnosis Unit, as well as patients’ hopes and anxieties about Central State Hospital’s impending closure in 1994.

This book project is based on close readings of The DDU Review, coupled with analysis of archival documents and oral history interviews with former patients and staff about the hospital’s final years and the aftermath of the closure. Centering people with disabilities permits a re-assessment (a “DDU re-view”) of the process of deinstitutionalization (with Emily Beckman and Modupe Labode).