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Life Outside
Produced by: Matthew Leonard
The closure of the last great institution for the intellectually disabled in New Zealand has raised a host of questions about the ongoing process of deinstitutionalization. For decades, citizens with intellectually disabled children relied on these specialist facilities to provide for their needs. These former 'havens', have come to be seen as sites of neglect, abuse, and dehumanizing rigidity. They became dumping grounds for a whole range of people who fell through the gaps in social welfare. Often isolated, the institutions were also seen as a metaphor for the way in which society itself chose to deal with the issue. Producer Matthew Leonard of Radio New Zealand shares the story of the patients and families, whose lives have been affected. This program is part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

Life Outside was produced by Matthew Leonard of the Radio New Zealand Features Unit. The engineer was J. McClelland. The music you heard is called 'Walk through the World with me' it's performed by the Kimberley Centre Handchimes Group. This program originally aired as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

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