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The Struggle to Ensure All People with Disabilities Can Live in a Home of Their Own

Following a landmark settlement in 2014, thousands of New Yorkers with mental illness won the chance to move out of group homes and live in their own apartments. But as ProPublica and PBS Frontline documented in their film, Right to Fail, the sudden shift from institutions to independence has proved perilous, and even deadly, raising important questions about how the city cares for its most vulnerable.

Join us on April 17 for a special screening and Q&A on the film and what it means to advance the rights of people with disabilities — including the right to make the most basic choices in their own lives.


  • Joaquin Sapien is a ProPublica reporter and co-producer of Right to Fail.
  • Raymond Federici is a self-advocate, Pennsylvania state certified peer specialist, and a staff advisor at a Fountain House Member Clubhouse outside Philadelphia.
  • Elizabeth Jones is an expert in mental health system reform and was a key witness in the landmark federal case that the Frontline/ProPublica film explores.
  • Will Hall is a schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, therapist, Madness Radio host, and the author of Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness.
  • Tirza Leibowitz is associate director for legal advocacy with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative and will be the moderator for the evening.

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