After Autism Awareness Month Ends

When April is over, what happens to autism awareness for the rest of the year?  Answer: not all that much.  As an autism mom, I always learn a lot each year from my participation in myriad autism conferences and events during the month of April.  Often I’m inspired by...

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Betsy DeVos – Educational Enemy Number One

When my daughter Samantha Elisofon spoke at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day, she was asked to address the lack of services for adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum.  What did she think ought to be done to remedy the situation? We were given...

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Samantha Speaks Again at U.N. World Autism Awareness Day  

Sometimes lightning DOES strike twice. . . . Last year it seemed like a dream come true when Samantha was invited to speak on a film panel about empowering females with autism along with Rachel Israel, director of Keep the Change and Aubrie Therrien, Executive...

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Autism Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry

I’m going out on a (potential) limb here to say I’ve noticed a worrisome new trend: hiring actors who self-identify as living with Asperger’s to play characters with more symptomatic autism.  In other words, gorgeous/handsome, slim actors with high IQs are being cast...

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Audition Updates for Actors with Autism

Well, Samantha didn’t win the role of Laura on the ABC pilot, “Until the Wedding.” But I enjoyed a lovely birthday anyway—even though my cherished birthday wish did not come true. We haven’t heard back yet about the Target print ad. There’s no way to know if no news...

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Auditions and Autism

Auditions and autism may seem like two words that are incompatible—an oxymoron even. But in the past two weeks my daughter Samantha (yes, an actress with autism) has gone on four audition. The first and most exciting audition was for the role of a young woman with...

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Deconstructing Valentine’s Day

In my earliest Valentine’s Day memories, I exchanged cards with all of my second-grade classmates.  Never mind that we were all girls! In those days, it was possible to buy a booklet of inexpensive cards with perforated edges at Lamston’s (long out of business). I...

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Autism and Helicopter Parenting

As an autism parent of a grown daughter on the spectrum, I read with great interest Pamela Druckerman’s New York Times op-ed piece, “Helicopter Parenting Works,” (2/8/19).  Druckerman says that “in our unequal era, this kind of parenting brings life changing...

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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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