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Willowbrook Consent Judgment

a landmark agreement in 1975 between agencies, parents, and friends of the court (the plaintiffs) and New York State (the defendant), detailing the rights of people with intellectual disabilities who lived at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, for several years. It set out standards for the residents’ living environment, evaluation of services, personnel, education, recreation, food and nutrition services, dental services, psychological services, physical therapy services, speech and audiology services, medical and nursing services, safety procedures, treatment and medication, building maintenance, emergencies, records, and movement to community settings. Willowbrook State School was later renamed Staten Island Developmental Center; it closed during the 1980s. Also called Willowbrook Consent Decree.

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June 18th 2024




1. the status of a child whose parents were unmarried at the time of birth. In Western societies, the term has fallen into virtual disuse with changing family structures (e.g., cohabiting but unmarried parents, single mothers by choice), the fading of the stigma formerly attached to illegitimacy, and the disappearance of most legal distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate children.

2. the state of being unlawful, improper, or contrary to reason and logic. —illegitimate adj.