Title: Beth English Collection of Disability History Materials
(2.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/347
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Beth English is the executive director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia. Her collection documents her work on the Commissioner’s Oversight Committee, which oversaw the closure of the Brook Run Center in 1997, her work as executive director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia, advocacy initiatives, and Central State Hospital, in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Beth English has served in many capacities as an advocate for those with disabilities in the state of Georgia. She is the Executive Director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia, an organization that provides support services to children and adults with disabilities. In 1997 she served as a member of Department of Human Resources Commissioner’s Oversight Committee that was formed to direct the closure of the Brook Run Center for the Mentally Retarded.
The Beth English Collection of Disability History Materials contains items related to the Commissioner’s Oversight Committee on which she served from 1996 to 1998. These materials include commission reports, project papers, and meeting agendas related to the closures of the Brook Run Center for the Mentally Retarded in 1997 and the Georgia Mental Health Institute (GMHI) in 1998. English's work as executive director of Easter Seals Southern Georgia and advocacy initiatives undertaken with other organizations and the state legislature for the benefit of people with disabilities are documented as well. Materials related to Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia, are also included, notably a scrapbook on the Mayor's Motorcade, an event sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association.
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