My Picture Perfect Family
What Happens When One Twin Has Autism
On December 26th, 1990 Marguerite Elisofon gave birth to twins: Samantha and Matthew. They soon learned that Samantha was on the autistic spectrum, and most “experts” weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a normal life. But Marguerite and her family refused to accept these limitations. Twenty-three challenging years later, Samantha graduated from college . . . cum laude! My Picture Perfect Family tells their courageous story. It’s a tale of unconditional love, a portrait of authentic parenthood, and a message of hope to all families. Learn more
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My Never Empty Nest
After watching earlier episodes of The Good Doctor, I was particularly keen to see this week’s show because it featured a young actor on the autism spectrum, making a guest appearance as a patient with autism. I am sincere in saying that I applaud the efforts of this...read more
If someone had told me 20 years ago that my daughter on the autism spectrum would grow up to be an actress, co-star in a film that won the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival AND earn a nomination for Best Actress, I’d have insisted that person was crazy or talking about...read more
For the past two weeks, I’ve been fighting bedbugs, courtesy of my daughter’s now-ex-boyfriend. Hygiene and living conditions for adults on the spectrum are often less than ideal. But as soon as bedbugs migrated from Samantha’s boyfriend’s abode to our...read more
Marguerite Elisofon is a New York City writer and the author of My Picture Perfect Family, a memoir about how her family navigated life with a child on the autistic spectrum before the internet and support groups existed. She also blogs about parenting young adults and disability related issues in The Never Empty Nest. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including: Time, NY Metro Parents Magazine, Ability, and Autism Parenting magazine. Her family’s story has been featured by the NY Post, Fox News, and on Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny radio show. A Vassar graduate, Marguerite was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives with her husband, Howard, in their mostly-empty nest. She is available to speak about a wide variety of issues relating to autism, parenting, and twins. Marguerite also offers private consultations to families struggling with autism issues.
Samantha Elisofon is Marguerite’s daughter and the inspiration behind My Picture Perfect Family. Born with developmental disabilities, she was eventually able to graduate from Pace University, cum laude. She is a gifted singer and actress and starred in the award-winning short film Keep the Change, which will be released in 2017.