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My Father's Eyes is the true story of a woman's relationship with her long-lost, institutionalized uncle. Sheila Allee didn't know about her Uncle Melrose for many years and accidentally discovered his existence. She located him in a state institution, where he had lived for more than 50 years, and ultimately helped him move to a group home.
Through the process, she though
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Published 2014 by SACPress
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Peacejanz
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This gentle book is about one woman's search for a “missing” uncle who is institutionalized in a state facility with “profound intellectual disabilities.” No one in the family speaks about him and she is afraid to ask her volatile, distant father about his brother. Only decades after she reached adulthood did she start the search, only to be stymied by government privacy rules. Allee was fortunate in that she knew some people who gave her information, off the record. Along the way, she discovere ...more
Marsha
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Uncle Melrose was hidden away for years in an institution. When the author found him he was in a loving, structured environment , but something was missing. A father, solid but distant, haunted by the memory of a brother he loved and lost. Sheila Allee, a girl wanting a father's love and a close, warm relationship. . My Father's Eyes is a beautiful story of one woman's journey to find and help the Uncle she never knew. In so doing, she finds herself instead and comes to terms with her father's r ...more
Peggy Hess Greenawalt
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Because I grew up with an older brother, who had profound intellectual disabilities and lived in a state institution and then a group home, I found this book to be an interesting read. So many people across the United States were left in these institutions and rarely visited by their families...so sad. This inspiring story, tells of one woman that made a difference in the life of her Uncle Melrose, who lived in a TX state school from the age of 15. This book is very short, but long on helping on ...more
Heidi
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book through goodreads giveaways.

This book is a well written and easy to read story about a woman's experience getting to know her cognitively impaired uncle. It is touching, poignant and informative. It helps educate people about the evolution of care of those who are mentally impaired and helps demonstrate how these individuals too can impact our world.
Dottie Madden
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Insightful book. There is so much to be learned from others even when there is no verbal communication. We all need an Uncle Melrose in our lives.

I received this book for free through Goodreads free books.
Nick
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thought this book was very good. very tearjerking, but I loved the story of it
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