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The Stigma of Illness, The Illness of Stigma

By: David Mandel 

Published in the Hamodia, February 13, 2008

How does the Orthodox Jewish community view disabilities? How much do we marginalize people with mental illness and developmental disabilities through the prism of stigma? Has the stigma of disabilities lessened or worsened in recent years? 

I’ve chosen a reference point of 30 years as a comparative understanding of illness and stigma and its practical implications to the Jewish Orthodox community.

Thirty years ago, in 1977, our brothers and sisters with mental illness and developmental disabilities lived in institutions such as Willowbrook in Staten Island and Creedmor Psychiatric Center in Queens. I met James when he was a young man in his 20’s. He was born with spina bifida. The family pediatrician recommended placement in the Willowbrook Institution on Staten Island, telling James’ parents he would require lifelong care and would be too difficult to manage. He spent the first twenty years of his life in Willowbrook. James was of normal intelligence. Today, many of these same individuals live in apartments, have jobs, and have a modicum of independence. This is good. 

30 years ago in 1977, a colleague Phil Catchpole and I were meeting with a large and hostile group in Greenlawn, Long Island describing a plan to house ten people with developmental disabilities (mental retardation) in the neighborhood. This was a one time farming community and neighbors spoke of their fear that people with disabilities would scare and hurt their horses. Horses! The very next day, this proposed residence was burned to the ground. 

A law was subsequently enacted requiring organizations who wish to site a home, anywhere in New York State, for children or adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities, alcohol or substance abuse to formally notify and appear before local community Boards or municipalities. This became known as the site selection law or the Padavan law after its lead author, State Senator Frank Padavan.

Throughout the 1980’s and early 90’s, organizations in our community such as Mishkon, Women’s League, and HASC appeared before neighborhood community boards to develop residences. In one such meeting in Brooklyn, OHEL Bais Ezra described a plan to develop a home for men with developmental disabilities in Flatbush. A vocal portion of the well-attended audience protested, citing a fear this home would have on their property values. Many Orthodox Jewish neighbors were in an uproar. Neighbors said “we have nothing against people with disabilities, we just think they should live someplace else”. The opening of this residence was delayed by many months, but subsequently opened. 

Fear of declining property values was the most prevalent reason cited by people in hundreds of such meetings across New York City, Long Island, and Westchester in the late 1970’s. 1980’s, and 1990’s to every community organization appearing on behalf of people with disabilities. Wolf Wolfensberger, a historian, characterizes this as devaluing people with disabilities by valuing yourself more; a subtle but unmistaken stigmatization. 

The issue of property values proved to be unfounded. It was an irrational albeit understandable fear and not a financial fact. Extensive analysis by independent firms over a twenty year period concluded that property values on blocks with a home for people with disabilities increased and decreased relative to economic market forces. The home on the block for people with disabilities was an incidental factor to property values. This is a statement many people have strong feelings about and did little to quell buyers and sellers anxiety as they considered making a purchase of their single greatest asset. 

Over the years, if a 14 year old boy with emotional problems in OHEL’s residence on 58th Street in Boro Park said a bad word on the street to a neighbor’s daughter, those parents complained and wanted to know why the counselors can’t contain these kids in the residence. OHEL has been on the block for 40 years, before most of the neighbors moved in. 

If a person buys a home next door to you, has 11 children k’nh, and an ailing mother living with them, they don’t need your permission to buy their home. But if you want to open an apartment with several men or women with psychiatric or developmental disabilities next door or down the block from them, there is a law requiring you to formally request approval from the neighbors and the community. 

By the mid-1990’s neighborhood opposition had dramatically changed to being supportive of such residences. Neighbors and community boards recognized that people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities in well managed programs made good neighbors and enhanced a community. 

30 years ago, in 1977, a certain disease was referred to as Yene Machlah. Unzere mentchen were afraid to mention the “C” word. Today, our community understands, discusses, and responds to cancer – lo aleinu. Organizations and hospitals such as The American Cancer Society, Sloan Kettering, and Chai Lifeline were effective in communicating their messages on prevention and response. This is all good. Cancer survivors are making good shidduchim, bearing or adopting children, and speaking publicly about their illness. 

30 years ago, in 1977, many children born with Down Syndrome in our community may have been left in hospitals or placed out of sight. Two and three decades ago, women in their 40’s had a higher risk of giving birth to a child with Down Syndrome. This child may have been their fifth, eighth, or twelfth child. Parents were overwhelmed at the prospect of raising such a child with disabilities as well as concerned for shidduchim for their other children. Many such families institutionalized or placed these infants into private arrangements. This in no way is a statement of judgment on these parents, chas v’shalom. Today, children with Down Syndrome are mainstreamed in yeshivas and camps, thriving and learning to live in their communities with pride. This is good! 

30 years ago, in 1977, would a family in our community – unzere mentchen – make a shidduch with a young woman if she had a brother with mental illness? Or would the family cover the truth to make sure their daughter’s chance for a shidduch would not be hurt? 

Today, would a family in our community – unzere mentchen – make a shidduch with a young woman if she had a brother with mental illness? Or would the family cover the truth to make sure their daughter’s chance for a shidduch would not be hurt? Stigma does not distribute itself evenly across a set of issues. 

One word that may best characterize the marked difference in our community over 30 years concerning the stigma of disabilities is: 1977 – Fear, 2008- Education. Dr. David Johnson, Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, cites an excellent example. 90% of Tuberculosis was eliminated in the 1920’s by stringent public health measures, x-rays, and sanitariums. Medicine in the 1950’s eradicated the remaining 10%. But medicine was only involved in 10%. 

You may have read a story recently about “nischt bei unz” concerning the annoying noise emanating from wedding halls. Neighbors to one such wedding hall in Brooklyn were researching zoning laws to prevent this wedding hall from operating. The neighbors said, we thought NIMBY – not in my backyard – was meant to keep “undesirables” out. Now we realize, said the neighbors, it can mean wedding halls also. You know whom these “undesirables” are they are referring to. 

So in 2007, people with disabilities are still referred to by some upstanding members of our community in Brooklyn as undesirables. Instead of getting people with disabilities into wedding halls for their own weddings, which happens so infrequently, these neighbors are restigmatizing and marginalizing people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. 

The stigma of illness. The illness of stigma. You sometimes wonder who is ill. 

Each year, for the last five years, we have invited clients – people with mental illness and developmental disabilities – to identify one issue they consider most important. Several years ago, they spoke of the need to provide more social opportunities for people with disabilities that may or may not lead to marriage. Our community is preoccupied with discussions on shidduchim. Little, if any, is mentioned on shidduchim for people with various disabilities, a collective group representing up to 15% of our community. 

A group of students in Yeshiva University’s smicha program recently visited a residence for people with mental illness. They met with several clients. One gentleman, Mark – a 45 year old, described how he was living in Flatbush, married with children. “I was having recurring problems at home, managing my illness. Hatzolah was called several times. Neighbors always asked my wife how I was doing. They thought I was having medical problems; they appeared compassionate and interested. Once they learned I was being treated for mental illness, Mark said, “they stopped talking to me. They looked right through me.” Mark subsequently chose to live in an OHEL residence to stabilize and manage his psychiatric illness. He has a job, has some friends, and is an impeccable dresser. He hopes one day to be able to return and live with his wife and children. 

There have been significant strides made in the last 30 years on the issue of denial to awareness in our community. People with developmental and psychiatric disabilities live and participate in the community, are invited to neighbors for shabbos meals and bbq’s. Many shuls and communities invite children and adults with disabilities for Shabatonim. 

We expect and now demand fast-paced advancements in technology, communications, and health care. Why not the same on reducing stigma? People with mental illness and developmental disabilities now have good housing, day services, clinical treatment, and pharmacology. We must concentrate more on creating jobs, marriage, and independent living opportunities. 

Thirty years ago, mental health professionals, were not part of “my three sons”, my son the doctor; my son the lawyer; my son the accountant. Social workers, psychologists, and their treatment were shunned. Today, it’s dramatically different. And dare I say, there are more lawyers looking for good jobs than psychologists and social workers. 

We must continue to break barriers that separate people with disabilities from the community. 

Rabonim and mechanchim play an instrumental role in educating their kehila and referring individuals in need of services and treatment. National organizations can have an influential role in educating our community by giving more prominence to this issue at their conventions, helping to demystify and destigmatize the spectrum of psychiatric disabilities, e.g. depression, bi-polar, personality disorder, post-partum, domestic violence, schizophrenia, addictions. 

Yes, there have been dramatic improvements in our community’s understanding, perception, and at time embrace of people with disabilities. There now exists a significant number of residences throughout New York City, the Five Towns, Monsey, and other communities for children, men and women with disabilities under the auspices of many well-established organizations. Yet the stigma of illness, the illness of stigma still reverberates on some issues including shidduchim, addictions, and certain psychiatric illnesses. 

A popular idiom is, the only guarantee in life is death and taxes. We daven to Hashem for health, parnasa, wonderful children who will be shomer Torah u’mitzvos. But there are no guarantees in life, as we say every Rosh Hashana in Nesane Tokef. 

Our community is now more understanding and more accepting of people with developmental and psychiatric illnesses. There is a greater awareness of many social problems. But the stigma associated with many of these issues, especially concerning shidduchim in families “with problems” leaves much room for understanding and acceptance. 

We have to recommit ourselves. We have to be impatient. We need to accomplish in the next five to ten years what took the last thirty years to achieve.

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