Marguerite Elisofon

Autism Mom and Author of

My Picture Perfect Family

Marguerite Elisofon

Autism Mom and Author of

My Picture Perfect Family

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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“An inherently compelling, exceptionally well written, instructively candid, and ultimately inspiring personal story.

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Just finished your book and I want more. It’s amazing. You are a true Pioneer mother warrior.

Jenny McCarthy

Model, TV Personality, Author

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Happy Valentine’s Day to an Autism Ambassador

Just when I thought life couldn’t become any more wonderful, my daughter Samantha Elisofon learned today that she was cast in the SPARK’s Autism Awareness project. Not only that, but she will be paid $1000 for a full day of filming, plus additional fees. (!!) The...

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An Autism Mom’s Unexpectedly Awesome Day

After seven straight years of writing weekly blogs—mostly about autism—I sometimes need to take a week off.  I may take a break because of vacation, lack of inspiration or stress and fatigue. (The latter three often go together).  Until Thursday morning, I was pretty...

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Autism, Etiquette and Car Service Apps

Late to the party when it comes to Uber, Lyft and Via Apps, I always take yellow taxis unless a friend orders a car. My very first Uber experience was so horrifying that I’ve never ordered another one. To make a long story short, my Uber driver took me to Brooklyn...

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About Marguerite

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.

About Samantha

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.

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