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This post is by Liane Kupferberg Carter a mother of two adult sons, one of whom has autism and epilepsy. Liane is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in more than 40 publications. As a community activist, she has worked with both national and local organizations.

I am a busy working mother.  I have 3 boys, the oldest of whom, Ryan, is severely affected by autism.  I suffer from working mother guilt. I always feel like I should be home more with Ryan or with my youngest son who is still in kindergarten, or with my middle child who is probably starved for attention.  But I love my work, because I have the extraordinary fortune of being a professional advocate for the autism community.  I spend my days, as the New York Times once put it, “barnstorm[ing] the country in an effort to get [autism insurance] laws passed.”

Autism Speaks to Young Professionals, NJ Shore took place on Saturday, June 15th at Paul’s Tavern in Belmar. With 150 attendees, the event raised over $8,000! Congratulations to Co-Chairs Matt Teitjan and Sean Vidolin for your leadership and special thanks to members of Autism Speaks national Fraternity, Theta Delta Chi Rutgers for being there!