As much as my book, ‘My Brother Michael’ is about my big brother Mike, it is also about how his condition (autistic, low functioning, nonverbal) affected me and our family. It is slightly embarrassing reading this, years after I wrote it, but it is also important to acknowledge autism’s role in the family environment.
Looking at this picture of me today, I believe I was dressed in a Halloween costume. For the life of me, I can’t remember what I was supposed to be. It looks like I’m sneaking off somewhere, in disguise. I wouldn’t have thought to do that (I only tried that once), since I needed to help take care of my big brother Mike.