Hospital Communication: Do Not Consider that Your Message is Understood the First Time

My brother Mike is in hospital. It is bad enough that he is not allowed visitors, but he is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. Mike has been a regular at the hospital. His care givers pay close attention to keeping him healthy. His problems are now worse than they have ever been. He is 70 […]


Getting to know Mike After Mike’s 40th birthday party and his transfer to a group home, I spent a lot of time visiting him there. Michael is my older brother. He is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. I had not been close to him for a number of years, having moved around the country for […]

My Article in the Advocate

Below is an article I wrote for the Autism Society of America’s Advocate publication in 1997 about my older brother Michael, who is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. I have mentioned much of this in previous posts. I thought that a copy of this article could illuminate my narrative from a slightly perspective. The photograph […]