Tuesday, 1 April 2014

To Most, Just a Number in the Huronia Regional Facility. To Us He Was, and Always Will Be, Our Phil. A Personal Story For Autism Awareness Month

Mischievous, Loving, Loyal, Athletic, Sweet but a bit Devious. 

This, and more, describes my brother Phil. 

But for most of his life he was known simply as a 'client', a 'resident', of Huronia Regional Facility for the Mentally Retarded, now thankfully closed down. 

To them, and to many, many people out in the real world, Phil was just a 'thing'. SomeTHING to pity. In honour of World Autism Month, I want to tell you about Phil, THE PERSON.

Let me introduce you to my brother.