The Ladd School (1908 ~ 1993)

The Dr. Joseph H. Ladd School was a former feeble-minded school and chronic care facility for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Founded in the town of Exeter in 1908 and abandoned in 1993, the institution was in operation for 86 years, during which time more than 5,000 Rhode Islanders lived and died there.

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Books About The Ladd School

 
 
Best Judgement: Ladd School Lessons documentary film
The Ladd School: American Asylum

A pictorial history of the Ladd School; historic images from the institution captured on film between the 1950s and 1970s.

eBook | 155 pages | illustrated
Best Judgement: Ladd School Lessons documentary film
Exeter Girls

Hundreds of poor and uneducated young girls and women were committed indefinitely to an institution for the mentally retarded.

paperback | 266 pages | illustrated
Best Judgement: Ladd School Lessons documentary film
The Bones of Gary Hayman & the Search for Samuel Finn

The true and tragic story of two disabled children who disappeared from the Ladd School in the 1950s.

paperback | PDF | 75 pages | illustrated