Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

This tiny morsel of justice and democracy provided the last straw. Fortunato closed the school in sheer frustration and with a sense of helplessness in trying to protect those for whom he had accepted treatment responsibility. He took a couple of years to heal the bruises and wounds inflicted so lavishly upon him. Then he went into private practice as a psychologist. He still provided immense amounts of loving care to those who had been at his schools and to others who sought his help from all over the country. And his open-heartedness resulted in a steady decline in his personal wealth. At least he felt safe from the attacks of politicians and red-necks in the relative obscurity of a private health practice.
But no, he was not to be granted peace there either. Health practice in the United States is a fairly competitive business. Apparently Fortunato was competing too successfully to suit some anonymous other health practitioner. A complaint was lodged against him for ‘practising medicine without a license’ – about as empty of substance as any with which anyone was ever charged. As he sat in his office one day involved in psychotherapy with a depressed and fearful patient, there was a knock on his door. He opened it. The intruder identified himself as a police officer. Fortunato was arrested, his arms were hand-cuffed behind his back in front of his patients and staff, and he was pushed unceremoniously into a police car and taken to jail. It remains a mystery why it was necessary to subject his patients, his staff and him to these appalling procedures conducted in this manner. Even if the charge had any substance, the nature of the charge would have required no more than a mailed or delivered subpoena. Why would police be accomplices in economically-motivated malice?
A tall, good-looking, ebullient, involved and politically-active man, like Fortunato, who is caring, who is willing to take his time to help others and who is effective in what he does, is at risk of evoking the enmity of others. Felicity is pleased to be a short, ugly, unprepossessing man that nobody notices. He says he’s glad he hasn’t got a complex – that he is inferior. [One of my professors offered the opinion that all of Doug’s work would eventually be judged psychotic. ☺ RR]

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