The Arc of Massachusetts expresses its sympathy to the family of Rex Trailer on his passing today. Rex was a strong advocate for children with disabilities. His TV show was the first in New England -- and possibly the nation -- which included children with intellectual disabilities in his live audience while taping. While Rex made the decision to include children with disabilities in the late 1950s and early 1960s, educators at all levels were still keeping school doors closed to the same children.
In 1961, Rex, in partnership with The Arc, conducted a 16-wagon train journey across Massachusetts starting in Greenfield and ending at the Statehouse steps. Over several days and nights, Rex's caravan educated tens of thousands about disabilities. Each day a roll of the day's action would run on WBZ-TV and radio so that the general public could keep up with developments. The impact of the education was felt for years.
Rex joined The Arc again in 2005 when we celebrated our 50th anniversary recognizing heroes throughout the decades. In 2011, he helped us kick off the first "All Aboard The Arc" as wagon master and special guest. This year The Arc, in partnership with Comcast and others, will celebrate "All Aboard The Arc" on May 18, and Rex will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Thank you, Rex, for all you've done for people with disabilities and The Arc of Massachusetts!