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
Three years ago, the global tech company SAP announced the launch of its “Autism at Work” project with a pilot location in Germany. Now the project is running in ten locations worldwide. SAP has newly-hired 23 individuals on the spectrum since that time,, and all have...read more
As a mother of a child on the spectrum, I spent years learning how to interpret Samantha’s inner world. I was fortunate--she is high functioning and learned to communicate her stormy inner world with me, her therapists and teachers in ways we could understand. That’s...read more
For the longest time, I’ve been secretly wishing a theater company would offer my daughter on the spectrum more and better opportunities to perform and grow as an actor and singer. I wasn’t looking for a social club, nor was I seeking any old stage that would allow...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.