In Honor of Black History Month
Author, public speaker, and leader of the self-advocacy movement, Roland Johnson has been a great inspiration to us at Camphill Soltane. His profound journey led him from his childhood home in Philadelphia to Pennhurst Intitution, where he lived for 13 years and suffered from trauma and abuse.
After his release at the age of 26, Roland went on to become a champion of disability rights, speaking across the country and serving as president of Speaking for Ourselves. He passed away in 1994, at the age of 48. His posthumous biography, "Lost in a Desert World," is a poignant look into the life of a courageous man who carried on despite the countless challenges he faced.
At Soltane we honor the work of Roland Johnson with our joyful involvement in Speaking for Ourselves, and with our commitment to person-centered planning for every individual we serve. Our beautiful apartment building, which supports semi-independent living for several Soltane residents, bears his name.