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Anne McDonald

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I am a survivor.

The tribe rejected me soon after I was born and I was put into St. Nicholas Hospital , an institution for people with severe disabilities. I lived there until I was eighteen. Then I won a court case and was able to leave.

Within our lifetime, children were starved to death in a building a short walk from Parliament House.

I have worked all my life trying to remember what happened in St. Nicholas in sufficient detail to convince others of its truth, and trying to ensure that it never happens to anybody else. 


If you're interested in my other work, check these out....

If you want to know about my years in hell, try St. Nicholas Hospital.

If you want to know what it did to me, read My Frankenstein.

If you want to know what I think of euthanasia, read this.

If you want to know more about my story, read the book I wrote with Rosemary Crossley - Annie's Coming Out, Penguin Books.  It's out of print, but second-hand copies are available on Amazon and Alibris.

If you want to know how I got out, look up Facilitated Communication Training.

If you want to know why communication is so important, read The Right to Communicate.

And read about the people who are trying to stop it.

And there's my work on The Terrible Triple C, another one of the ways in which professionals bastardize people with disability.

If you want to know how I enjoy myself, watch this.

And I travel...

Here are a few links to friends.

I also work for DEAL and Communication Rights Australia (CAUS) and speak on issues and speak on issues of disability. For my most recent articles on people without speech being bastardized see No Angel (and see the Powerpoint in the ppt files below; and read the notes with the slides) and Buried Alive.

Most recently, I was given a National Disability Award, and took the opportunity to set the record straight.

If you want to contribute something yourself, give some money to DEAL; they're working to see that nobody is left without a voice.
Seriously. Think about it.

Warning: there is quite a bit of overlap between these articles.  When you take as long as I do to spell a sentence you use it as often as you can, and the hell with repetition.

Anne died in 2010.  Her work lives on.

Mona Anne  
No Angel ppt 1a3.ppt13.36 MB
No Angel ppt 2a.ppt4.67 MB
No Angel ppt 3a.ppt4.45 MB
No Angel ppt 4a.ppt258.5 KB
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