An Unanticipated Love

By Allan Goldstein, NYU Tandon professor of Technology, Culture and Society, member of the NYU Ability Project, and senior lecturer in Disability Studies.

I never thought that my younger brother Fred … would be involved with a significant other: a partner, someone to relieve his not quietly tting into this world. I never thought someone would rely on him. … After a journey through smaller New York City institutions, Fred arrived at a group home. Fred and I became mere acquaintances after he “went away.” Our parents were his connection to the typical world. Now, with Dad dead ten years, and Mom having just died, I gained guardianship and had the opportunity to learn about him, his world, and most importantly, how to be a brother.


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