Not being able to communicate leaves everyone in turmoil.
I’m sure the interim institution that housed Mike was better than Willowbrook, but it was still a large mental institution.
Mom’s search for a place for Mike was long and arduous. In the 1950s, medical professionals were not accustomed to take care of individuals with my brother’s condition. Mike is autistic (a relatively unknown condition at that time), low functioning (using the parlance of the time: ‘retarded’), and nonverbal. He was placed at Willowbrook, an […]