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Video: Interview with Marguerite Elisofon and My Picture Perfect Family: What Happens When One Twin Has Autism

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On December 26th, 1990 Marguerite Elisofon gave birth to premature twins: Samantha and Matthew. Marguerite and her husband soon noticed their daughter lagged behind her brother in ways that scared them. Samantha, they learned, was on the autistic spectrum. Most “experts” weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a normal life and prepared the Elisofons for the worst. But Marguerite and her family refused to accept these limitations. Twenty-three challenging years later, Samantha graduated from Pace University . . . cum laude! In My Picture Perfect Family, Marguerite tells her family’s courageous story. At the end of the twentieth century, when the current supports for children on the autistic spectrum did not exist, Marguerite and her family pioneered their own…

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PODCAST: Authors Marguerite Elisofon and Ann Martin Talk ‘Rain Reign’ and Autism Awareness

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Author of the memoir My Picture Perfect Family (Central Park Publishers, 2016) Marguerite Elisofon chronicles the true story of raising twins in New York City and the journey that takes place following their daughter’s diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. She sat down in with novelist Ann Martin to talk about her book Rain Reign (ALA Notable Children’s Books, 2014), in which the story is narrated by a young girl on the spectrum.   About the Authors About Marguerite Elisofon: Marguerite Elisofon is a New York City writer and the author of My Picture Perfect Family, a memoir about how her family navigated life with a child on the autistic spectrum before the internet and support groups existed. She also blogs about parenting young adults and disability…

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Visual Thinking: Temple Grandin’s TED Talk and a Book List to Give You Perspective

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and it’s worth it to take a minute to celebrate the innumerable ways people are unique. Animal behavior pioneer Temple Grandin has been an Autism advocate and activist for years, and in her talk from TED2010, she shares her distinctive outlook on the world. She breaks down the main ways people on the “continuum” of Autism can develop as thinkers, and expands on her own experience as a visual thinker. For Grandin, her visual thinking allowed her insights into detail-oriented problem solving that the people around her missed – and in this talk, she makes it clear that young people today on the Autism spectrum have just as much potential as she did. In…

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Actress Samantha Elisofon Talks Representation by Actors on the Autism Spectrum

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If you haven’t yet heard of Keep the Change, a love story written for and starring actors on the Autism spectrum, then I urge you to give this short film your full attention. It follows David (Brandon Polansky), a wealthy young man who meets a sheltered young woman, Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), at a support group. The two head off on a journey around New York City as they learn about each other and even themselves. Can David give up his “playboy” ways? And will Sarah get him to open up and see that “normal” may not be the only way to live. It’s beautiful, heartwarming and has won the Columbia University Film Festival’s Focus Features Best Film Award, as well as the Alumni Award,…

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