Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Keeping a Promise

By Gerri Zatlow

The Voice, Summer 2015

I lost my mother, best friend and partner in crime in June of 2013.  She left me as the eternal protector to my autistic brother Douglas.  There isn’t a day that goes by when I do not feel her loss substantially.  When my brother comes home to visit me each and every weekend, I sometimes miss her more, as the amusing buffer between myself and Douglas’ autism (NOT Douglas the person), is no longer there to make peace, or joke about his strange ways.

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