In 1949 the city of Baltimore formed an association that provided services for children with intellectual disabilities and their parents (http://www.baltimorearc.org/). The association offered a variety of services including dispersing public information, parent counseling and discussions, training and activity centers as well as residential facilities for semi-independent disabled citizens. In the 70’s Wallace Rollins was asked to take photographs of the students involved in various activities for a brochure about the history and mission of the association.
I first saw some of the pictures presented today over five years ago. Since I teach students with disabilities this series of pictures has always touched me deeply. I am pleased to present these photographs by Wallace Rollins on 591 and also thrilled that it will become a permanent exhibition. -R