Autism, Insurance and Absurdity

Until I hung up the phone with Aetna, our insurance company, I didn’t think there was anything worth blogging about this week. But now I’m ALL FIRED UP.  Aetna has refused to refill my daughter Samantha’s prescription for Trulicity—even though the company filled it...

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An Autism Mom’s 14 New Year’s Resolutions

Turn the reins of my daughter’s life over to her and micromanage less. My life is another year shorter, so I need to pick my battles. Spend more time with people I love AND enjoy; avoid the others. Stop trying to persuade people to listen to my point of view when they...

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Life in the Middle of the Autism Spectrum

Let’s start with the fact that life anywhere on the autism spectrum can be challenging and lonely for families.  In spite of progress made by support groups, therapies and special education programs designed to engage autism families, individuals of all ages on the...

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EPIC Players’ First Musical Inclusion Cabaret

This week EPIC Players presented its first musical inclusion cabaret of the season, featuring  a “mix and match”—as Samantha says—of performers with and without disabilities. Directed by Broadway musical professionals Jonathan Ivie and Amaker Smith, EPIC’s Cabaret was...

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Sense and Sensibility on the Autism Spectrum

 Last weekend I saw the off-Broadway play, Uncommon Sense, the story and exploration of four characters on the autism spectrum. Attending with me were my husband, neurotypical son and his twin sister Samantha—an actress on the autism spectrum—along with four members...

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Thanksgiving, Gratitude and an Autism Fairy Tale

What a whirlwind year 2017 turned out to be! Watching our daughter Samantha blossom as an actress and autism ambassador, and speaking to hundreds of adoring fans of her movie Keep the Change has been an unparalleled thrill. In the past two weeks alone, our family has...

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Autism: The Good Doctor Needs a Doctor

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...

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Autism Fairy Tale

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...

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Autism & Bugging Out

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...

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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 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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