Donna and her some of her peers survived the darkest night.

Donna Jay, a Salem resident who has developmental and intellectual disabilities, was sent at a young age to Paul A. Dever State School, and later to Danvers State Hospital. She didn’t learn how to read, write, or take care of herself until she was sixteen. Donna was a pioneer in Self-Advocacy long before anyone dreamed up the term. She dared to speak up and defend other residents while in Dever, despite punishments. Her willpower and spirit to keep improving her life are a shining star for everyone. Her story mirrors the evolution of care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities from institutions, to the Inclusion Movement, to Self-Direction.

Today, Donna Jay presents workshops for MASS (Mass Advocates Standing Strong), serving as Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Board, and gives peer support to families served by The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport.  Now she wants her story to be told to help others still making the journey, and to keep the conversations going with families, teachers, and administrators so progress will continue.

No other time in history has such progress been made.

We must keep overcoming the many obstacles so that every soul matters.

Donna Jay with thumbs up..

We are making a documentary that will be a crucial tool for Donna’s presentations, and also will be presented to a wide national audience. There is great interest right now in The Inclusion Movement and it is crucial that no matter what happens politically, this population must be funded so progress can continue. This documentary also underscores how our society benefits from valuing everyone.

The movie will be distributed to libraries, schools, colleges, television, movie theaters, and all organizations that have anything to do with people with developmental and mental disabilities!

The movie will offer hope and resource ideas to those who are stuck in their journey to independence and to learn ways to live a fuller life.

Our current goal is to raise $20,000 to continue production. Any donation is tax free and any amount is welcomed.

Courage, Painting by Donna Jay

Donna Jay on left, Fran Hogan on the right are sitting at The Willows Beach Park in Salem where Donna lives. Photo by Judy Faust of Connect Your Stories Video Productions.
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