Caryn Sullivan Contributing Columnist, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Caryn Sullivan is a contributing columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press Opinion page. She is an erratic scribe on her blog, Perspective (, as well as a contributor to She is the author of “Dancing with Despair,” published in the anthology Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child. In 2009 she was honored with the ARC of Minnesota Community Media Excellence Award.

A retired attorney, Caryn has been her son’s autism advocate since his diagnosis in 1993. With the help of Web M.D. she’s honed her skills as her family’s medical crisis manager. Currently crisis-free, Caryn is developing her skills as a storyteller. She enjoys speaking and writing about autism as well as surviving the tough stuff in life.