Liane Kupferberg Carter is a nationally known writer, journalist and advocate for the autism community. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Parents Magazine, and many literary journals, blogs and book anthologies. Her memoir, Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism, is a 2017 featured reading selection for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month, and is a winner of the 2017 American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book award.
After the horrific events in Charlottesville last month—and indeed in the last year or two— I have read a spate of helpful articles about how to talk to your children about scary things in the…news. All the advice said to keep it age appropriate. But what do you do when you don’t know what’s age appropriate for your child? My developmentally disabled 25-year-old son Mickey doesn’t watch the news. He doesn’t know Nazis marched in Virginia--he doesn’t even know what Nazis are. He doesn’t know someone was killed, or… >> Read More
I have a confession that may send some hate mail zinging my way, but here it is. I’m drowning in the deluge of articles, books, websites and Facebook support groups devoted to coping with an empty…nest. I’m worn out listening to weeping, wailing and comments about going “full fetal” from parents whose children are leaving for college. It’s not that I don’t get it. I do. I remember how bereft I felt when my older son left for college. It left a fist-sized hole in my heart. The house felt… >> Read More
As part of our month-long series dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Liane shares advice for those just starting out on the special needs journey.
I'm a proud member of a tribe.…No, not just that tribe. I mean the tribe of special needs parents. There's no way you'd spot us in a crowd. But even without a secret handshake, special needs parents manage to find each other. Maybe it's that unmistakable look of exhaustion and resolve many of us wear. Whatever it is, I've been part… >> Read More