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The link between the "mad movement" and the cross-disability movement is crucial.

The psychiatric survivor/mental health consumer movement -- also known as 'mad movement' -- accelerated in the early 1970's at about the same time as the general cross-disability movement that addresses concerns of all people who end up with some type of disability label.


The social change movement led by psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers entered a new era of growth in the early 1970's, at about the same time people diagnosed with physical disabilities were also holding protests and gaining more basic rights.

The intersection between all movements is important.

However, because of pioneer work by activists such as Justin Dart and Rae Unzicker, the intersection between what is sometimes affectionately called the "mad" movement and "crip" movement is an especially crucial one.

The cross-disability movement has a rainbow approach, to include all those who are given a disability label. In fact, some have named it the movement of the "dis-labeled." A challenge is questioning the domination of what is considered "normal."

It's a complicated intersection, but for clarity just look for the banner of "freedom," and keep your eyes on the prize.

If you accept your diagnosis of a disability, and see this is traditional medical terms, you are welcome in both movements. If you  totally reject your label of disabled, as gay and lesbian people did when they successfully removed their direct label from the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, you are also welcome. We all unite under the banner of freedom.

MindFreedom director David Oaks, who also has a physical disability (related to ankylosing spondylitis) has written a brief essay about this intersection, published by a disability liberation web site, and you may find a link to the article by clicking "related content."

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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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