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.
I never heard my cell phone buzz. I’d turned off the ringer during a professional lunch.
My friend Dee called one morning in tears. Her doctor had recently put her on 50 milligrams of Topamax for her migraines.
Every year at Thanksgiving, there comes a moment after dinner when I need to escape.
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.
Being a self-advocate in the autism community for the past several years has definitely had a few perks here and there.
Last night I had a dream that found me raging through my childhood home. For some reason, I was very angry with my family.
Every day I live with and struggle to compensate for my autism.
“I don’t think it’s safe to go,” I texted my sitter. “Let me call the office.”
I attended a focus group this week. A new venture is being developed with the intent of providing a unique six to nine-month internship experience for young adults with disabilities.
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