Willowbrook Mile

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“Memorial Garden Consent Decree Plaque”

This plaque commemorates the closing of the Willowbrook State School. This closure was brought about by the 1975 Willowbrook Consent Judgment, which mandated the placement of Willowbrook residents in the community. Further, the Judgment required an array of services to be available in the community leading to more normalized, non-segregated care for people with special needs. This shift to the community from institutionalized care was paramount in the civil rights movement for people with special needs.