We didn't choose autism but it chose us. Although autism can be difficult and scary it has surprisingly brought our family some unexpected gifts. A lifelong gift, that I will never take for granted, learning to be non-judgmental and accepting of others differences.Read More
You would think that packing to move to a new house after 13 years would be enough excitement for one family, but that’s not how we roll. These days, we go big, and somehow, one dose of excitement doesn’t seem to be enough. During the past seven days, Will was on call for three days straight, during which he completed ten surgeries, we hosted 25 people for Passover while packing to move for the first time since having children, moved from our old house to our new house, and while we were carrying boxes into our new house, I got a message that Benji’s long anticipated TEDx talk was ready to be viewed! So, here’s Benji, telling his story, the way only he can, with humor, honesty and a most unique perspective.Read More
Last week, after sharing the story about my son’s Benji’s milestone bar mitzvah, I heard from parents in Canada, Mexico, Boston, London and Hawaii. To all those parents, I get it, I feel you, and I want to help. Not only does Autism speak, but it also unites, and I am beyond grateful that our family’s journey has enabled me to connect with so many others. My heart is full, and so is my inbox, flooded with your stories that are so relatable to me and to countless others in our inadvertent global kinship. These narratives motivated me to share some specifics on how we went from depressing diagnosis to groundbreaking bar mitzvah, with the chance that maybe I could help guide someone who sits where I did 10 years ago.Read More
The doctor’s expression told me everything I needed to know about my three-year-old son. Her words confirmed that speaking, learning, and socializing were likely to be difficult or impossible due to the diagnosis that was still echoing in my brain: Autism Spectrum Disorder. "Take him home and love him,” she said.
Of course I would love him; I just had no intention of stopping there.
Ten years later, we stand together as mom and child overlooking an audience of 250 family members and friends. This is a day like no other and one that we only dreamed could be possible. Today is Benji’s Bar Mitzvah.Read More