Nancy and Tom Brown moved from Goldwater Hospital into a Roosevelt Island apartment in 1976. Click here to read their front page story . Then read Dr. Resnick’s guest editorial on Page Two of that issue to learn how the Island’s remarkably successful experiment in housing is being allowed to die and what can be done to save it.
2 - FDR, Roosevelt Island and the Disabled
The FDR HOPE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE is working to design and build a memorial to President Roosevelt that focuses on him as a disabled person who lived in the mainstream. Its mission statement reads:
President Franklin D Roosevelt is the inspiration for all who strive to overcome challenges. Roosevelt island was so named to reflect a commitment to an integrated community where the disabled move freely, live independently and develop to their fullest potential.
The FDR Hope Memorial will educate future generations about FDR and about Roosevelt Island, a vital community of “enabled” residents.
It’s been over 15 years since I’ve written an opinion piece for The WIRE. I decided to speak up after attending a presentation Tuesday at the Good Shepherd Community Center. Over 50 people showed up to see and hear the latest on the FDR Memorial long-planned for the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. (more)