Of course he does not remember. He was only 13 months old when the lawsuit was filed; but it has never been a secret. He knows that his older brother, who has multiple and severe developmental disabilities, lived for a while in a large state institution, and he knows that his Dad and I joined nine other parents and filed a suit in federal court that challenged the state of Oklahoma to develop a system of community services to replace institutional care.

Federal court—that is how our recent discussion got started. My son Ryan is now a high school student studying United States government. I was helping him review for a test over the chapter on the judiciary system when he suddenly asked, “You and Dad filed suit in federal court didn't you? Tell me about it.”

What ensued was a lesson in government. and,...

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