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.


Clothes Make the Man

It’s 51 degrees out. Which means my 21-year-old son Mickey is wearing shorts and sandals.

Free to Choose

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.

Fast Food Palate

An email from the counselor at our son Mickey’s day habilitation program: What do you think about encouraging Mickey to try a salad maybe twice a week? 

Lost and Found

I never heard my cell phone buzz. I’d turned off the ringer during a professional lunch. 

Clearing the Static

My friend Dee called one morning in tears. Her doctor had recently put her on 50 milligrams of Topamax for her migraines.

Silence is Golden

Every year at Thanksgiving, there comes a moment after dinner when I need to escape.