I was number 87: a deaf woman's ordeal of misdiagnosis, institutionalization, and abuse

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Gallaudet University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
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"I was six years old, alone and terrified, and no one knew that I was deaf". So began Anne Bolander's five-year ordeal at an institution for retarded and unwanted children. Emotions were not allowed at the institution, where children were beaten bloody for laughing, crying, or even touching another child. Children lived a robotic existence, and like robots, were known by numbers instead of names. Anne was #87.

She endured five years of this abuse before being removed and placed in St. Mary's of Providence Center, where teachers correctly assessed her as deaf, not retarded. After only one year, Anne returned home and there survived many more years of abuse. Her story calls for vigilance today and everyday.

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Review: I Was #87: A Deaf Woman's Ordeal of Misdiagnosis, Institutionalization, and Abuse

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

I read this book probably 8-10 years ago, but it was a very vivid story and I still remember it. This book opened my eyes to just how many evil people there are who will brutally take advantage of a ... Read full review

Review: I Was #87: A Deaf Woman's Ordeal of Misdiagnosis, Institutionalization, and Abuse

User Review  - Faith - Goodreads

Very well graphically written. I felt every hardship of Anne and waited anxiously for accomplishments. Read full review

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