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Fernald Developmental Center -- Oldest Institution In the Americas

Background: Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced in February 2003 that the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center, the oldest institution housing people with developmental disabilities in the Western Hemisphere, would close by October 2004. Employees and family members of institution residents, determined to stop the closure, have worked effectively to slow down the process.

Feb. 3: Opponents To Fernald Closure Take Grievances To Supreme Court
Dec. 15: Victory At Last? Governor Says Fernald Will Close In 19 Months
Sept. 16: Olmstead Plan Could Help Fernald Residents
Feb. 27: Judge Orders Federal Investigation Into Fernald Transfer
Sept. 13: Governor: We Will Close Fernald
Aug. 30: Advocates Push To Reverse Fernald Ruling
June 1: State: Judge Cannot Force Fernald To Stay Open
Feb. 10: Judge Halts Fernald Moves Over "Factual Disputes"
Jan. 21: Judge: 1972 Fernald Case Will Not Be Reopened
Dec. 15: Surprise Visit Reinforces Romney's Resolve To Close Fernald
Nov. 18: Advocates For Closing Fernald Speak Out
Nov. 12: Judge Tells State And Parents To Compromise Over Fernald
August 26: Efforts To Reopen 1973 Lawsuit Seen As Ploy To Keep Fernald Open
July 20: Community Advocates Respond To Efforts To Keep Fernald Open
July 14: Pro-Institution Supporters Want 1972 Fernald Court Case Reopened
July 2: Former Fernald Resident Sues Over Secret Radiation Experiments
May 20: Romney Administration Considers Apologies For Fernald Six
May 19: Former Fernald Residents Want Apology And Clean Records
April 29: "60 Minutes" To Look At Abuses At Fernald
April 8: Fernald Supporter Threatens To Open Old Federal Case
Feb. 25: One Year Later, Community Supporters Continue Push To Close Fernald
Jan. 28: Pro-Institution Groups Look For "Consensus" On Fernald's Fate
Dec. 17: Group's Solution To Post-Institution Land-Use: Build "Community" On Fernald Site
Dec. 12: Fernald Moves Going Very, Very Slowly
Oct. 30: Advocates Support Closing Massachusetts Institution
July 11: State Senate Joins House In Slowing Fernald Closure
July 10: Massachusetts House Votes To Slow Fernald Closure
April 11: Task Force Urges Governor To Slow Down On Fernald Closure
Feb. 26: Governor Orders Oldest Institution To Close

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