When Lorna Wyckoff’s mother died ten years ago, part of her inheritance included partial responsibility for her adult brother John, who is intellectually challenged.

Wyckoff’s examines that reality in a bittersweet essay in Sunday’s New York Times Style section, sharing how she came to terms with this challenging new responsibility. The piece is a reminder of the valuable, complex and often life-long role played by sibs in special needs familes.

You can read My Brother’s Keeper (Assembly Required) here.

Photo RicStar’s Camp 2009 Judy Winter

Judy Winter