This blog is about my dad, Joseph Fram.
When I was growing up, I was fascinated by Davy Jones, Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy and, finally, Freddie Mercury, focusing so much attention on them. I knew my dad was a great dad, but I didn’t know the extent of his greatness until I began working on his scrapbook. He did so many great things while he was superintendent of Yakima Valley School, a state school for multiply-handicapped and severely retarded children.
Some of his accomplishments include: transforming an old tuberculosis hospital into a pleasant home for retarded citizens, starting the Special Olympics (he met with Eunice Shriver and shared the idea), getting the residents of Yakima Valley School out of beds and into educational programs (changing their status from patients to residents), starting students on individualized educational programs (IEP), starting the first group home for retarded girls in Washington State, adding a recreational program for residents at Yakima Valley School, including having a swimming pool installed, starting LRE (Least Restrictive Environment for educational choices of special needs students), starting vocational training for retarded citizens and working to get them jobs with Yakima Specialties, which he also helped start, and helping to start the first group home for retarded girls and Sundown Ranch, a recovery center for alcoholics. From the time he started at Yakima Valley School in 1964, he had a goal to get the residents out of the hospital building and into cottages, and even though the school was threatened to be closed many times, that goal was achieved just before his retirement in 1986. Many other institutions followed the lead and examples that were begun by Joe Fram.
This is a digital scrapbook about my dad, Joe Fram, for everyone to see.
By his daughter,
Dana Fram Pride