April 6, 2016

Susannah,

The agenda for your series, "The Last of the Institutions", was predetermined before the series began. Your meeting with parents and guardians of Fircrest residents was a kind gesture but as you said to me as I was leaving,"I hope you're not disappointed in the outcome".

Fircrest is an inclusive community where my cousin has been well cared for and safe since 1983. This was not true when she lived in a group home in the community.

I am very disappointed in your reporting. The reporting was biased, not factual and anti community centers from the very beginning.

Fortunately, people I know have asked me about the series and I have been able to give the true picture of the community centers which are an important part of the continuum of care for our disabled population.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth S. Cantrell