Caryn Sullivan was an attorney in private practice for nearly a decade. In 1993, with another baby on the way, she learned her two-year old son had autism. She left her law firm and juggled many roles that provided great material for the writing she began in 2007: female head of a blended family household, medical crisis manager, cancer patient, volunteer, editor, writer, and most recently, widow.
Caryn sorts through tough issues we confront in life, always looking for perspective.
You can see Caryn’s writing in outlets such as the St. Paul Pioneer Press, MinnPost, Regularfolksunited.com, Autismspeaks.com and countless newsletters and journals. Her essay “Dancing with Despair” was published in the anthology, Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child. In 2009, Caryn was awarded the ARC of Minnesota Community Media Excellence Award.
In addition to writing, Caryn has shared lessons learned about parenting her now-adult son with autism in other arenas. She has served as a volunteer to the University of Minnesota Autism Initiative, the Advisory Council for Fraser, (the largest provider of autism services in Minnesota), the District 197 Community Education Advisory Council, the Highland Friendship Club, and numerous school district councils. She has given presentations to local organizations, such as The Autism Society of Minnesota, and Rotary.