Time Travel Wheels is a story for everyone.
Marie Slark and Pat Seth, two survivors of Huronia Regional Centre and critical disability scholar Kimberlee Collins co-wrote and produced this important illustrative book, Time Travel Wheels, which shares the history of the Huronia Center and the people who lived there through time travel.
The Huronia Regional Centre (initially the Orillia Asylum for Idiots, and then the Ontario Hospital School, and the Ontario Hospital, Orillia) was built and operated by the government of Ontario between 1876 and 2009 to house those who attracted the label of intellectual and/or developmental disability.
After its closure in 2009, survivors issued a class action lawsuit against the government of Ontario for the inhumane treatment at the institution. The lawsuit was settled out of court, rather than going to trial, and survivors received $35,000,000 in settlement money. The maximum each survivor could receive was a one-time payment of $42,000, and the minimum, $2,000. However, due to the arduous process required to actually receive the money, which included survivors having to re-tell and verify their trauma and abuse, many survivors received nothing.
There are many ways you can experience the story (see below) including a 3-part podcast series of conversations with the authors Marie Slark and Pat Seth, interviewed by Hannah Zbitnew and Kimberlee Collins.
Also included, is a pedagogical guide for teachers and learners.
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