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.
The turkey has almost finished roasting when Superstorm Sandy makes landfall. Our lights flicker and go out.
We were concluding our annual IEP meeting last spring when the director of special education offered us a voter registration form for our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey.
“Something’s wrong,” the camp nurse says on the phone. Our 20-year-old son Mickey had left for sleep-away camp eight days earlier.
As usual, I’m awash with anxiety. We’re going to a graduation party for our neighbor’s son.
Two days before our 19-year-old son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.
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