For All Autism Dads – Happy Father’s Day

Now that EPIC's production of The Tempest is over, I couldn’t think of what to write about this week.  No autism movies to review, no film festivals, conferences, panels or inspiring UN presentations. What’s an autism mom to do?  Since Sunday will be Father’s Day, I...

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Autism – Expanding the Spectrum of Opportunity

As an EPIC board member and momager of cast member Samantha Elisofon, I was eager to attend a panel called “The Spectrum of Opportunity” about how the entertainment industry can “access the talents and passions of people on the autism spectrum.” Presentations were...

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EPIC Players Triumph with The Tempest

Although our early summer skies have been mostly dreary and, well, tempest-y, I would still highly recommend navigating the warm weather to see EPIC Players’ final weekend of The Tempest.  Even for those readers who are not Shakespeare fans—or who doubt that EPIC’s...

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How Parents with Disabilities Can Start a Small Business

By Ashley Taylor Ashley Taylor is a disabled mother of two wonderful, amazing, energetic children. She met her husband, Tom, while doing physical therapy. Tom had suffered a spinal cord injury due to a car accident and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Ashley and Tom...

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Is Harrisburg the Last Hurrah for an Autism Movie?

Not quite! Actually, Keep the Change is still playing in the US in Florida (Boca Raton, Key West, Lake Worth, St. Augustine) as well as in far-flung areas such as Portland, OR, Hilo, HI and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Keep the Change will also be kicking off The White...

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AHANY Adelphi Conference Celebrates 30 Years of Support

I set my alarm for 7 am on Sunday, May 6th –a brutal awakening time after our family’s return from traveling to Tel Aviv, Boston and Cherry Hill in a two-week period. Nevertheless, I was determined to attend Adelphi University’s Autism Conference, “Independent Living...

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Autism Tours and Israel’s Love Affair with KEEP THE CHANGE

Our crazy, joyful (dare I say exhausting?) autism fairy tale continued last week in Israel.  A producer, Eyal Shiray, bought the rights to Keep the Change and invited us to the Israeli premiere of the film in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ra’Anana.  We landed in Tel Aviv on...

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Milestone Moments – UN World Autism Awareness Day 2018

Question: What could be a greater honor or thrill for an autism mom than arranging for my actress daughter on the spectrum to speak at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day? Answer: I’d say nothing, but Samantha has already surprised me so much that it’s...

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Autism Awareness Month – A Whirlwind Celebration

It’s the first week of Autism Awareness month, and I’m trying to follow the advice I always give my daughter Samantha when she’s flooded with anxiety. Take deep breaths. . . Slowly.  Don’t hyperventilate. Easier said than done when our first week of Autism Awareness...

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The Autism Globetrotters Go to Israel

Who are the Autism Globetrotters? We are an international team of autism advocates spreading the message of diversity and inclusion, as we demonstrate and articulate the passions and hopes of people with autism through film.  Although we possess zero basketball...

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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 been featured in a variety of publications, including Time and NY Metro Parents magazine, and her family’s story has been featured by the NY Post, Fox News, The Daily Mail, 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 twins, parenting, and autism.

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