"I Was a Feisty Mother" - Mary Lou Melloy

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Indiana Disability History Project
“You don’t have the right to deny them the opportunity to try this.” Mary Lou Melloy's daughter, Cindy, was born in 1958. Doctors told the family they should put Cindy in a residential facility. Mary Lou and her husband, Don, had other plans for their daughter. In this clip, Mary Lou discusses the work it took to get Cindy accepted into public school. After completing school in Indianapolis, Cindy went to a workshop for a while until she landed a community job. Although Mary Lou was initially hesitant about a community job, in the end she said it was a wonderful opportunity for her daughter. Mary Lou started encouraging other parents to let go of their fears and give their children the opportunity to find a job in the community. She was interviewed in 2017.
Center for Health Equity at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities
Education; Family
Time period
1958 - 2016
Indiana, Bartholomew County, Columbus
Indiana Disability History Project
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
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"Mary Lou Melloy - I Was a Feisty Mother" YouTube video, 00:06:46, from an interview by the Indiana Disability History Project, posted by "Indiana Disability History" on January 29, 2018, https://youtu.be/Ok9Q783q1Go.
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