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- Liane Kupferberg Carter’s articles and essays have appeared in more than 40 publications, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Babble, Parents, and numerous literary journals, newspapers, and blogs. She is a columnist for Autism After 16:
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- Autism's 1 in 88 Can't Wait:
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September 28, 2012 08:21AM
- What Cat Hair?
March 26, 2012 02:13PM
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When I first heard that autistic people didn't have empathy, I assumed my son Mickey must be an exception.
He was not yet 2 when the developmental specialist told us all the things our child would never do. Pretend play. Eye contact. Empathy. I remember sitting on… Read full post »
Remember that saying from the 1970s -- that the personal is political?
As the parent of an autistic 20-year-old son, I know what my own family is struggling with. The need for employment. Housing. Health care. Insurance. Long-term community-based services and supports. Education. Transportation. Res… Read full post »
Okay, I’m going out on a limb here.
I’m a middle-aged mom and I love Facebook. And no, I’m not playing games like FarmVille, Kingdoms of Camelot or Mafia Wars. I love it for networking. So when “Saturday Night Live” recently aired a fake ad/… Read full post »
It's the question I dread most. You know. The get-acquainted conversational gambit: "What do you do?"
"I'm a writer," I mumble, and try to change the topic.
Too late. I've learned from sad experience what people always say next. And what I'd like (but don't dare… Read full post »
She was meant to be a companion for our cat Dizzy. She looked identical. The same kohl-rimmed eyes. The same silky, silver fur. The same sweet face. She was Dizzy’s Doppelganger.
A heart of darkness.
Last week I was privileged to attend a luncheon at Ladies Home Journalin honor of the Golden Hat Foundation, founded by actress Kate Winslet, who appears on the cover of the current issue of the magazine.
Golden Hat is a new non-profit whose mission is “to eliminat… Read full post »
BY LIANE KUPFERBERG CARTER
Maybe it starts when you realize rock concerts give you a headache. Or that you're offering to cut up other people's food. Or that you catch yourself ending a discussion with, "Because I'm the mother, that's why." You've reached a new level of
If you ask our son Mickey what he might like to be when he grows up, he will probably say, “A librarian. Or a Pokemon Master!”
There aren’t too many jobs for a crackerjack Nintendo player, but Mickey is learning other skills. At 18, he attends the Comprehe… Read full post »
The blogosphere has been buzzing in outrage recently over controversial author James Frey's newest publishing venture, Full Fathom Five, a fiction factory that pays a stable of young writers just $250 for commercially viable young-adult novels, and offers them an exploitative, nonnegoti… Read full post »
BY LIANE KUPFERBERG CARTER
The first thing we decided when we found out I was pregnant was to wait until the third month before we told anyone.
Ten minutes later, I was combing through my address book, calling everyone from our realtor to my sixth grade teacher.… Read full post »
“What a beautiful girl you are. You’re in heavy purr tonight, aren’t you sweetheart? my husband Marc croons.
He’s not talking to me.
He’s talking to Dizzy. An eight month old silver striped Maine Coon kitten with long silky fur and a lion’s ruff aroun… Read full post »
“We’re trying new medication for Jake,” my friend Lauren tells me. Her son, like mine, has autism and seizures.
“We saw bad side effects on that one,” I warn.
“I know. The doctor told me Jake might even have hallucinations. So I s… Read full post »
"Your child has autism."
It's a devastating diagnosis for a parent to hear. But it's a one-two punch when your insurance company then refuses to cover the critical, medically necessary therapies your child desperately needs.
When our then-2-year-old son was diagnosed with a developmental disa… Read full post »
1. Take your kids.
2. (Okay, forget number one.)
3. Rent a vacation house from people who don't have kids and don't like kids. Rent a house from people who are fond of model ships in bottles, glass sculptures, and white, wall-to-wall carpeting.
4. Pull your kid out… Read full post »
BY LIANE CARTER
I have an embarrassing confession.
Last week I was invited to a Tupperware Party. That's not the embarrassing part.
The embarrassing part is that I went.
It was an
n my house I don’t need a calendar to chart the passage of time. I can plot the years by my husband’s passions. 2009 was The Year of the China Obsession.
Marc decided he wanted to read ancient Chinese classics, and any old translations wouldn’t do. He cruised the… Read full post »
On April 2, we will celebrate the third annual World Autism Awareness Day. But there is a war raging within the autism community.
Parents are still pitted against each other over the vaccine issue, despite the fact that numerous well designed scientific studies have failed to show any c… Read full post »
The letter was terse. Our health insurance company would no longer cover our son's epilepsy medication unless we switched from the brand name drug to a generic form. They would re-authorize covering the brand name medication only if he took the generic drug for a month and… Read full post »
We were trying on hats at a department store counter when my childhood friend said it.
"I never know how to wear these," she said. "I'm such a fashion retard."
I was shocked. I said, "We don't use that word."
She turned red. "You're right. I am so sorry," she said.… Read full post »
“If you could be anything in the world and talent and money weren’t an issue, would you still be doing what you do, or something else?"
My husband posed this question in an attempt to liven up a rather staid Upper East Side party one night. The gathered Wall Street… Read full post »
The Hanna Anderson catalog of children's clothing arrived today. I pore over the pink striped stretchies, diminutive sun dresses and dotted pink diaper covers. Then I fill out the order form: yellow long johns, red socks, cobalt underwear. Noth… Read full post »
I am a perfume slut.
I can’t be faithful to just one fragrance. I have serial love affairs; no signature scent for me. This morning, I own thirty-something bottles of perfume and 103 sample vials on a dedicated closet shelf. And that doesn’t include the bottles… Read full post »