Joseph P. Shapiro
Reprinted from U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, April 23, 2001, Pages 26-27
It felt "almost like somebody died." Carleen Ashley remembers the day her twin sister, Cathy, was sent to live far away. Shortly after the twins' seventh birthday, on a sunny spring day in 1965, Cathy's mother carried the severely disabled girl, in a red-and-white party dress, to the family station wagon. Their mom cradled Cathy in her lap while their dad drove, in near silence, more than 100 miles to a New Hampshire hospital for children with mental retardation.
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