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.
One of the first things people ask me about my 21-year-old son Mickey is, “Is he high functioning?” I hate that question.
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.
Here's what really gets to us about the holiday season. It's not the way advertisers assault us, though that's troubling.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family.
Schedule-based living, however, can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, a schedule orders the day, the expectations, and is comforting to Madison who has difficulty with transitions....
The search for a postsecondary program for a student like Cameron is not much fun. It’s actually pretty awful.
Last week I had the opportunity to head to Washington, DC to attend the “Autism Speaks to Washington” summit.
This hasn't been a peaceful time in the autism community.
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