Published on June 16, 2016
Nine years ago, we got a call from a young Altamont mother who was concerned that people in the community understand autism. Stephanie Carter’s then-6-year-old son, Austin, had been diagnosed on the spectrum.
When she was out with her son, Ms. Carter told us then, she often felt like people were judging her because Austin would throw fits. She found that frustrating because, she said, he was really a good kid.
Austin couldn’t pick up on the raised eyebrows, the sideways glares, or the disapproving looks that took a toll on his mother.