PRE-SALE! American Snake Pit: Hope, Grit, and Resilience in the Wake of Willowbrook

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PRE-SALE! American Snake Pit: Hope, Grit, and Resilience in the Wake of Willowbrook

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WE HAVE A SITUATION THAT BORDERS ON A SNAKE PIT. 
— ROBERT F. KENNEDY

In 1987, following a public outcry about its questionable medical practices, Staten Island s Willowbrook State School for people with intellectual disabilities closed its doors for good.

Flat broke and almost finished with graduate school, Dan Tomasulo — now a core faculty member at Columbia University's Spirituality Mind Body Institute — was hired to relocate Willowbrook s most severely disabled inhabitants into a groundbreaking community-based group home.

American Snake Pit is the story of the disregarded souls who ended up in Tomasulo s care; of the eccentric, resilient staff who helped make such a momentous success possible; and, most of all, of one man s persistent struggle to give voices to those who could not advocate for themselves.

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