Liane Kupferberg Carter

Liane Kupferberg Carter

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 PostParentsMcCall’sSkirt!BabbleThe Thinking Person’s Guide to AutismAutism Spectrum News, and numerous newspapers and literary journals. You can follow her on Twitter or on Facebook.

Gauging Skills

One of the first things people ask me about my 21-year-old son Mickey is, “Is he high functioning?” I hate that question.

Saying Goodbye

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.

Busman's Holiday

“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.

A Corsage for Caroline

“I have a girlfriend,” Mickey announced. “You do?” I said. “Tell me about her.” “She doesn’t talk much,” he said. “She’s shy.”

Color as Refuge

The first I knew that Mickey’s school was holding a student art auction was from an email from Cindy, the school principal.