Liane Kupferberg Carter is the mother of two adult sons, one of whom has autism and epilepsy. As a community activist, she co-founded the special education PTA in her school district, as well as the town’s sports league for children with special needs, and co-authored a parent resource handbook for the school system. As a member of the Autism Speaks’ Parent Advisory Committee, she helped edit the Transition Tool Kit. She also serves on the Stakeholder Board of the Autism Science Foundation, and has reviewed grants for both organizations.
Liane is also a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in more than 40 publications, including the New York Times parenting blog Motherlode, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Parents, McCall’s, Skirt!, Babble, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, Autism Spectrum News, and numerous newspapers and literary journals. You can follow her on Twitter or on Facebook.
I get the news moments before my 21-year-old son Mickey gets home. The biopsy is back: Our 14-year-old cat Fudge has lymphoma.
“Will there be funnel cake?” I asked my husband Marc. “What’s funnel cake?” “No idea,” I said cheerily.
As soon as I heard the solemn strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” I was a puddle.
“I have a girlfriend,” Mickey announced. “You do?” I said. “Tell me about her.” “She doesn’t talk much,” he said. “She’s shy.”
The first I knew that Mickey’s school was holding a student art auction was from an email from Cindy, the school principal.
April wasn’t only Autism Awareness Month. It was National Stress Awareness Month too. Coincidence?
As my journey through adulthood continues, I am constantly becoming aware of new and unfamiliar responsibilities as they present themselves.
On a trip to Arizona three years ago, my son Mickey asked to visit the airport gift shop. He rummaged through a display of stuffed animals.
Since I wrote of Cameron’s postsecondary funding dilemma last week, not much progress has been made.
Over the last year or so I’ve talked to parents who have children that have been newly diagnosed with ASD.
Whenever I share stories of my family's experience with Willie's aggressive and self-injurious behavior, I'm always concerned that the accounts will seem over the top to some ...
With April being Autism Awareness Month, everyone is getting into the spirit of helping out when it come to this cause.
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