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.
“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?
I see how they look at him. My 20-year-old son Mickey sits cross-legged on the bench in the neurologist’s office. A teenage girl and her mother sit catty-corner.
I was recently asked to host a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization that provides employment services for adults with mental illness, addiction or autism.
If you’ve ever read a column I’ve written before, you probably know that I spend a great deal of time trying to figure out where my son will go and what he will do ...
I wanted to take some time in my column this week to commend the job being done by the Wall Street Journal in covering the topic of employment and autism.
One of the reasons I love spending time with Willie is his refreshing lack of pretense. I'm not good at polite deception, and neither is my brother.
There is an old stereotype associated with people on the autism spectrum which states that we lack feelings or, more specifically, have no empathy.
She wouldn’t let go. It had already been a Plan B day for me.
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