Willowbrook Lawyer Publishes Compelling Inside Story in New Book, “I See Your Face Before Me – A Father’s Promise”

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This new book provides a dynamic view of the journey traveled by a father and his daughter from her birth to Willowbrook to freedom in a small apartment while altering the manner in which residential services are provided to the developmentally disabled.

Murray B. Schneps, the tenacious New York lawyer whose anger and courage were at the heart of the infamous Willowbrook case has finally told his compelling inside story. It follows his journey as a new parent seeking help for his daughter Lara, who suffered from multiple profound developmentally disabilities, to the class action litigation and its settlement, to his service as Vice Chairman of the uniquely effective Willowbrook Review Panel.

AHRC Executive Director Michael Mascari gave the book a positive review. “It was a pivotal time and his story provides a thoughtful historical account which parents and staff would find insightful.”

It is a love story written by a father who understood that his vulnerable daughter could only be protected by changing the traditional system of providing services to the profoundly and severely multi-handicapped developmentally disabled people in large warehousing institutions.

Murray’s goals of closing Willowbrook and changing the institutional system in New York State by creating a community based residential system and opening a three-bed apartment group home for Lara were accomplished in the face of unbelievable opposition from the bureaucracy, the politicians, the communities, the employees and many parents.

Murray’s story of those years and the memories that live on are recounted with clarity, passion, humor and an unflinching honesty.

“I See Your Face Before Me” was published on December 15, 2014, and is currently available on Murray’s website: murrayschneps.com
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Aimee Keegan
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