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Burt Petrone was born in New York State in the year 1921. He was born with developmental disabilities. In the year 2001, at the age of 79, Burt agreed to sit in front of a camera with his wife Barbara and talk about his life. He gives a chronological history of his life and times beginning in 1936 when he was 15 years old and living in a large institution. Click on the "Web Links" tab above to watch the entire 35-minute film on the Sproutflix website.

Burtís monologue gives a touching insight into how people with intellectual disabilities were treated in the United States from the 1930ís through to the present time. He survived living in large institutions from the 1930ís through the 1960ís, where he was treated terribly. Now in the present he is going on vacations with his wife every year and living in their own supervised apartment.

The video is also a love story of how Burt and Barbara met, courted and married and lived together for over 15 years. He is also a talented, self-taught musician and plays a few songs during the video, some of which he composed himself.

ĎBurtí is a video, which portrays a man who survived decades of inhumane treatment, due to his mental disability, to become a person who enjoys life to the fullest.

Contact Info:
Name:Anthony Di Salvo
Title:Executive Director
Address:270 West 96th Street
New York, NY 10025
Cost:Free to watch online, $65 for download, $145 for DVD (for individual use, prices are higher for institutional use)

Web Links

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