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Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights

AUDIENCE: General, Adults, Students from 4th- to 12th-grade

RENTAL FEE: $1,000 + shipping for an 8-week booking

SIZE: 750-950 sq. ft. (10 freestanding, modular kiosks each made up of 3 panels measuring 36''W x 72''H)

SECURITY: Limited

INSTALLATION IMAGES: View online here

"In the face of government ignorance, we persisted and won. No one gave us anything."
- Organizer Kitty Cone

Discover a remarkable, overlooked moment in U.S. history when people with disabilities occupied a government building to demand their rights and won. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 made it illegal for any federally funded facilities or programs to discriminate against disabled people, but four years later one missing signature stood in the way of the law taking effect.

At last, in April of 1977, frustration turned into bold action. A diverse coalition launched protests across the country, and in San Francisco, more than 100 people began a 26-day occupation of the Federal Building to insist on getting civil rights. On April 30, the occupiers emerged victorious from the longest unarmed take-over of a federal building in US history after the Head of Health Education and Welfare (HEW) had finally added his signature to the 504 regulations.

Patient No More provides content that can be applied to the classroom to satisfy the disability curriculum requirement of California’s 2011 Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act. In addition, the traveling exhibit includes exhibition text in braille, large-print panels, audio description tracks, and audio-described and captioned videos to make the show as accessible as possible. 

The colorful freestanding panels provide a flexible layout, are easy to install, and are designed to fit a variety of venues – including, but not limited to, libraries, museums, community centers, lobbies, and government buildings.

Patient No More is presented by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, made possible with support from California Humanities, and traveled by Exhibit Envoy. Learn more about the exhibit and the history of the 504 protests at patientnomore.org.

Themes explored include:

  • Disability as a source of creativity and innovation, not pity or tragedy
  • Daily life inside the building, including a calendar of activities of the 26 days of occupation
  • How the occupiers built networks of support, from unions to the Black Panthers
  • The national protests that occurred, with a focus on the SF occupation
  • How protesters influenced the media, developing close ties with the press and changing the language of their coverage
  • Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The controversies of 504, especially in regards to race and deafness

The exhibition includes:

  • 10 free-standing, modular kiosks (3 panels forming a triangular prism) with large font size
  • Braille binders with the text of the exhibition
  • CD players with audio description tracks
  • Accompanying DVD with short videos featuring original oral history footage by 504 protesters (including an overview video) and 4 videos featuring victory speeches and protest songs from the occupation, which include American Sign Language (all audio-described and captioned)
  • Programming suggestions and resources
  • Instructions for a "selfie station" that asks visitors to consider what makes them "Patient No More"
  • Curriculum guide for grades 7-12 (content satisfies the disability curriculum requirement of California’s 2011 Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act)
  • Exhibition press kit with digital images


TOP: Protesting in San Francisco, 1977; by Anthony Tusler. MIDDLE TOP: Patient No More installed at the Marin County Office of Education. MIDDLE BOTTOM: Protesting in San Francisco, 1977; by Anthony Tusler. BOTTOM LEFT: Celebration in Denver, 1977; by Dave Buresh. BOTTOM RIGHT: Celebration in San Francisco, 1977; from the SF Examiner Archive, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

SCHEDULE & AVAILABILITY:

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October 26, 2016 – October 28, 2016
Kaiser Permanente Diversity Conference, Los Angeles
November 13, 2016 – April 9, 2017 (18 weeks)
John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley
April 23, 2017 – June 18, 2017
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July 2, 2017 – November 5, 2017 (18 weeks)
The California Museum, Sacramento
November 19, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Booking Pending
January 28, 2018 – March 25, 2018
Southwestern College Library, Chula Vista
April 8, 2018 – June 3, 2018
AVAILABLE
June 17, 2018 – August 12, 2018
AVAILABLE
August 26, 2018 – October 21, 2018
Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock / University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
November 4, 2018 – December 30, 2018
AVAILABLE
January 13, 2019 – March 10, 2019
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March 24, 2019 – May 19, 2019
AVAILABLE
June 2, 2019 – July 28, 2019
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