Training Resource Network


Ending the Segregation of People with Disabilities

Raymond's Room Cover: Endiing Segregation People with Disabilities

Softcover ISBN-13: 978-1-883302-55-9
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-883302-56-6

Segregation Images
from Raymond's Room

Raymond’s Room will create the same
kind of outrage as the blatant racial
segregation of the 1950’s or the discrimination against women in the
early part of the 20th century. 
-Paul Wehman, Ph.D.,
Virginia Commonwealth University

DiLeo exposes the true face behind the altruistic mask of governmental agencies. 
-Foreword Magazine, May/June, 2007,

Chipping away a little at a time
at the wall that segregates people with
disabilities has not been successful
and is no longer acceptable.
Read the book to learn why
and what we must do. 
-Ernesto Sanchez,
Advocacy, Inc., Texas

His empathy with people with disabilities breathes passion into his case for tearing down attitudinal barriers which have in themselves limited people with disabilities for generations.
- Office of Handicapped Concerns, Oklahoma

A poignant, thought-provoking book... discusses the exclusion, isolation, and powerlessness of people with disabilities and the self-serving, change-resistant “disability industrial complex” that keeps people down.
- Tennessee Disability Coalition

book of the year finalist

Order OnlinePDF Order Form

BOOK of the YEAR Finalist
by ForeWord Magazine!

... one of the most meaningful and valuable books that
I have ever read in my professional career...

Keith Story, Ph.D., Research and Practice for Persons with
Severe Disabilities (RPSD)

Thirty years ago, as a young man working at a facility for children with autism, Dale DiLeo was shown a tiny, hot and smelly bedroom. Reserved for up to four young men with autism, those least trusted by staff, this room was locked—from the outside—all night long. It was named after Raymond, the room’s perennial resident.

Raymond’s Room makes a compelling case that today, people with disabilities are still locked away from the rest of society. They may not be necessarily housed in rooms like Raymond’s, but they are placed in facilities and programs run by a public monopoly unwilling to change.

“People with disabilities are the last minority group in which legal segregation for housing and employment is still routinely provided,” writes DiLeo. “And their lives are controlled by one of the last publicly-funded monopolies in America today.”

Using research, anecdotes, and captivating stories, DiLeo takes aim at the billion-dollar “disability industrial complex” that segregates people with significant disabilities from mainstream life.

Calling people with disabilities society’s “hidden citizens,” he describes a system that prevents people from working and living in our communities, despite new techniques and approaches proven effective in helping even those with the most serious challenges to be employed and to have a home to call their own.

For over 230 pages, DiLeo describes the downsides to current practices in the field and then offers up proven alternatives.

listen NEW! Hear an interview of Dale on DisabilityNation

What Others Are Saying...

Occasionally, a book will come along that actually has the power to change a society. Those are books like Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Carson’s Silent Spring, Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Roots, Ginsberg’s Howl, Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, Galbraith’s The Affluent Society and Sinclair’s The Jungle... Now let me introduce you to Dale DiLeo’s Raymond’s Room, an essential work that belongs in the same list. If you never read another book in your entire life read Raymond’s Room.

–At Large, by Miles Beauchamp, Ph.D.,
Associate Editor, The Asian Journal, April 13, 2007
If confession is good for the soul, then Raymond’s Room has, indeed, been good for me. ... should be required reading for all who are committed to dismantling the disability industrial complex ... Thank you, Dale, for telling the truth.
  –Ann Turnbull, Ed.D., Professor, Special Education, University of Kansas; Co-Director, Beach Center on Disability, Kansas
Council for Exceptional Children, Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award, 2006

Dale has provided a call to action that should be heard by people inside and outside disability circles.

–David Mank, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University
... puts reality right back in our faces. It raises consciousness, ignites passions and brings the spirit back into our work. If you have forgotten the story that got you interested in disability issues, this book will be your awakening.
–Al Condeluci, Ph.D., Executive Director, UCP of Pittsburgh
Author, Interdependence and Beyond Difference
...needs to be required reading... speaks the unspeakable truth that all of us, aided by the “disability industrial complex” Dale describes daily commit unconscionable illegal acts and crimes disguised as "helping the handicapped." 
–David Hammis. M.B.E., Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, Ohio
... a compelling book that is long overdue.  A must read for EVERYONE! 
–Vicky Davidson, Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities
" excellent resource for self -advocates, families and professionals. One of the most significant publications I have read in my 31 years of working in the field."
– J. B. Black, Ed.D., Training and Research Manager, state disability agency

See Reviews for more.





Table of Contents

Read the Foreword



Press Room

Latest Blog News

Other TRN Resources

About the Author


Dale DiLeo: Disability Advocate

Dale DiLeo, Author of Raymond's Room and Disability Consultant and Advocate


[DiLeo] has thought about these people deeply and compassionately. … a warm, highly readable memoir and guide to unprejudiced vision. ... would interest both the disability professional and the general reader.

Book Review, St. Augustine Record

DiLeo... analyzes the disability care system... everyone should appreciate his account offering insight into solutions that didn't work and some ideas that might work better.

Book Review, Muscular Dystrophy Association

DiLeo has unlocked the closed door with Raymond’s Room and invites you to join him in a more noble cause. Be assured of this-- you will not be disappointed. (Read more),

–Don Lavin, Rise Inc., Minnesota

This why we need Raymond's Room: to remind us that people with disabilities still live lives controlled by others... and to shake us from thinking that what Dale writes is the past, when in fact, for many, many people, it is the present. Get this book and read it.

–Cary Griffin, M.A., Griffin-Hammis Associates, Montana

...awakens our conscience... challenges beliefs and progess...

– Richard Balser, Dept. of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center








©2007 TRN, Inc.