Monday, April 17, 2017


A Family Grows Up With Autism

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 11 am
411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
ADMISSION: Free & Open to the Community

Liane author photo June2015To conclude its ongoing recognition of Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Month, the Guttenberg Center for Special Services at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is proud to welcome Liane Kupferberg Carter, nationally known writer and advocate for autism, who will speak about her book, Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism, at the JCC. The book just received Honorable Mention from The American Society of Journalists and Authors in their annual Outstanding Book Awards. The program is free and open to the community.


BookCoverDrawing on personal experience regarding her own son Mickey, who was diagnosed with autism, Liane embarked on a journey looking for ways to create an ordinary family life, while dealing with the extraordinary needs of an autistic child. Two decades later, older and wiser, her journey led her to write Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable, where she articulates the hopes, disappointments, frustrations, and triumphs that are all part of what it really means to raise a child with autism. Her insights as a mother are heart-wrenching, funny and always honest, making her book an eye-opening example of how a family can learn not just to survive, but to thrive with autism.

Because studies now show that parents with autistic children often suffer stress levels similar to combat soldiers, Liane helps her audiences and readers navigate the minefields and find solace and comfort by not allowing their fears of the future to rob them of the pleasures of the present.

Liane Kupferberg Carter is a nationally known writer and advocate for the autism community. Her articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, Autism Spectrum News, and Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. She was a staff writer for Autism After 16, and a co-author of the Autism Speaks Advocacy Tool Kit. Liane is currently on tour for the Jewish Book Council’s speaker series and her book Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable is this year’s featured reading selection for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. Her book will be available for purchase at the event.

The program will be sponsored in part by the JCC’s James H. Grossmann Memorial Endowment Fund for the Celebration of Jewish Book Month. For more information, contact Jackie Varona at or 201-569-7900 ext 602.