Standing Up and Speaking Out For My Child With Autism

Before I was Leo's mom, I would have been likely to choose defenestration over confrontation. But kids like my son, who has intense autism, require advocacy, and advocacy requires standing up and speaking out on matters that conflict with his best interests. We parents and caregivers who want real change, real results, and real information for our children with special needs have to be smarter and stronger than perhaps we ever imagined. Here are four approaches to the advocacy our kids deserve. 1) Get Informed. ...more

As the mother of a 19-year-old with autism, I've worn the advocate hat for a long time. I ... more

Losing My Parents, Losing My Voice

I've been trying to start a blog for a couple months now. In theory, this should be no big deal. I used to have one, for six years. And I'm a natural-born oversharer. I've brazenly talked about my failures as a wife and as a single parent on morning TV. My Facebook status updates have been a detailed record of life's minutiae, from the delight of freshly highlighted hair to the irritation of traffic jams. And once a month in the editor's letter of the magazine I ran for six years, I'd craft a simple piece, whether about my promises not to overschedule and overanticipate for the holidays or about my sense of loss for having had only one child, that would resonate with the 10 million women who might read it....more

This past year has been similar for the two of us. I could not write for several months after I ... more

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