Letter to President Trump from an Autism Parent

Dear President Trump, I’m writing on behalf of disabled Americans—roughly 20% of our total population—and also on behalf of my 26 year-old daughter on the spectrum. Mr. President, I want you to know that I go to sleep every night terrified of what might happen (or not...

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Saying No to Betsy DeVos

Although I’m desperately trying to STOP writing about our newly crowned dictator-in-chief, I MUST object vehemently to his choice of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.  How could any parent of a child with special needs remain silent?  I’m counting on our New York...

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Disabilities Website – MIA- Another Trump Atrocity

Disabilities Website –MIA—Another Trump Atrocity Q: What happened to the White House website with information on federal policies about people with disabilities? A: It was erased within moments of Trump’s inauguration. According to a Washington Post last week, the URL...

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Autism – Life Skills 101 For My Adult Daughter

Ever since my daughter Samantha graduated from Pace University in 2014, I’ve been trying to help her move toward independence by finding her life skills support and vocational training.  After filling out mountains of paper work and meeting with well-meaning (but...

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Full Spectrum Employment: Diversity and Inclusion

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...

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Humor and the Inner World of a Woman with Asperger’s

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...

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Full Spectrum Employment: Creativity and Determination

Is it possible for a non-verbal 25 year-old man on the autistic spectrum to find a meaningful and productive job? The answer is no—unless his parents happen to be as creative and determined as Sharon & Larry Slipow have been with their son Logan. As the mother of...

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Helping Autistic Students Navigate Life on Campus

With so many depressing newspaper headlines about hate and discrimination, I found it refreshing to read a hopeful story about college campuses creating programs to accommodate students on the autistic spectrum. Recently, the front page of The New York Times featured...

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Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement started several years ago in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a chance for each of us to lend support through donations to an organization (or several!) that works for a cause close to your heart. Whether...

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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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