Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability
Edited By Philip Smith
Chapter 13: Being an Albee, by Lynn Albee
This chapter is about what it means to be an Albee. I will tell stories of my family, who take the social model to another level. There is something more powerful than having a label of autism, and that is having the label of being an Albee. And that is a very cool way to live life.
To be an Albee, you must be wild. You have to be ready for anything. When you hear about a crazy event, an Albee was most likely involved. We are a tight bunch who looks after each other with extreme devotion. The lines of Autism and Albee cross over and intertwine to the point that we cannot tell the difference between having a disability and being an Albee. Maybe we all have autism?
The Albee clan includes Big Dave and Big Lynn (my parents), me, Bill, David, and Jim (my brothers). My family moved from Chicago to Galena, Illinois fifteen years ago. My parents moved the 150 miles because the private school that Bill and I were attending at the time would not allow David to enroll in the school. The pastor of the church (affiliated with the school) told my mom that “there were special schools for kids like him.” My parents wanted the four of us to go to the same school. Since moving, we’ve racked up quite the life!
Since my brothers have grown up (and still live at home), the “Albee-ness” in the...
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