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Shelter Me

Autism, Optional and Oxymoron

‘Optional’ is mostly always a lie.

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By Marguerite Elisofon

My daughter Samantha, a 31- year-old autistic performer, told me she didn’t want to go to an “optional” rehearsal with Jonathan, her music coach — just four days before her very first one-woman show. That’s when explaining the nuances of meaning embedded in the word “optional” to my daughter became both…

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