About the Author
In 1972, I walked into Willowbrook State School, the notorious institution for the intellectually disabled (http://willowbrookstateschool.blogspot.com/) …. and applied for my first job. They were hiring several hundred young people that day to work as ‘recreation therapists’ as part of the response to the scathing expose’ by Geraldo Rivera a few months before. That day forever changed my life.
I worked at Willowbrook for the next five years, and I fell in love over and over again with the amazing people I had in my care. Someday…. I’m going to write that story, because my memories of that time are very different from the tragic accounts most often heard through books, newspaper articles and documentaries. I learned about the joys and challenges of autism at Willowbrook, although at that time it was never given a name.
I’ve been hanging out with people on the spectrum ever since.
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