Audition Updates for Actors with Autism

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...
Auditions and Autism

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...
Deconstructing Valentine’s Day

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...
Autism and Helicopter Parenting

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...
Off the Wall

Off the Wall

I am an exhausted autism mom who is so tired of hearing the word “wall” that I’m ready to scream. How did Americans allow a wall to become inextricably tied to loss of jobs and income (not to mention aviation safety and national security)? How did we arrive at a time...

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