Autism, Memorial Day and Covid19

Another so-called holiday is about to bite the dust. Actually, I’d prefer the holiday to EAT the dust, so that Samantha and I don’t have to vacuum this weekend.  Already in need of repair, my Miele vacuum is 10 years old and sounds weaker and more exhausted than I...

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26 Lessons Learned by an Autism Mom During the Coronavirus

  As we approach the end of two months of “sheltering in place” and social distancing, some aspects of life have changed dramatically while others have stayed (stubbornly!) the same.  Here is a sampling of the good, the bad and the ugly as experienced by one autism...

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Zooming Daily and Going Nowhere

During my six weeks (and counting!) confinement to our NYC apartment, I’ve been online and Zooming every day. Each morning I roll back my living room carpet halfway to create a mini-dance floor. I’m taking wonderful dance and Zumba classes online with my favorite...

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My Mother’s 93rd Birthday During the Coronavirus

My mom turned 93 last week.  No celebration of any kind was possible. My mother doesn’t own a cell phone or a computer so there is no Zoom, FaceTime or opportunity to celebrate virtually.  The good news is that my mother doesn’t live in a nursing home or assisted...

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Revelations During Coronavirus Confinement

After spending more than three hours cleaning and disinfecting our apartment, I have a new appreciation for my housekeeper.  My back is killing me and I didn’t even finish the job. After cleaning three bedrooms and three bathrooms (with my daughter’s help!) I had to...

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Coronavirus: Searching for the New Normal

The city that “never sleeps” is currently comatose. New York City Streets are empty; most stores and restaurants are shuttered. White hospital tents are springing up in Central Park.  I’m thinking it’s not safe to take a power walk anywhere near those tents,...

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12 Silver Linings of the Coronavirus Shutdown

Drifting through the second full week of social distancing and (mostly) staying home, cabin fever is setting in.  Is it Tuesday or Saturday?  Does it matter?  One day is the same as the next: hand washing till my skin dries out, spraying Lysol on everything, wiping...

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Living with Autism and the Coronavirus

For the past week I’ve been feeling increasingly anxious and pessimistic about the human race—especially  when I shop in stores with empty shelves. There’s an apocalyptic vibe. Want paper toweling? Forget about it!  None at Morton Williams, Target, Food Emporium or...

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A Dozen Birthday Wishes for an Autism Mom

Some of my birthday wishes are small and inexpensive.  Others not so much. My birthday desires run from the sublime to the ridiculous. But what’s the harm of putting my list out into cyberspace?  Maybe I have a secret admirer (or several?) somewhere in the world who...

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Can We End Disability Concentration Camps?

Worrying about where my high-functioning autistic daughter will live and how she will manage to navigate independently in a (mostly) unkind or indifferent world is hard enough. Or so I thought until I read the front-page headline in last Friday’s New York Times:...

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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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