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Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown is the author of If I Could Tell You, published by Vantage Point Books. You can read more about her novel at . She is also the movie critic for the Jerusalem Post.

Entries by Hannah Brown

It's Crazy, But I Wish My Autistic Son Could Be a Soldier

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:02 PM

No one envies a soldier's mother.

The worry. The sleepless nights. The fear that your child will suffer harm, both physical and psychological.

Especially in Israel, where I live, military service is tough and dangerous.

So, how is it that I...

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18 Things I've Learned Now That My Son With Autism Is Turning 18

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:05 AM

"Dusty skies/I can't see nothin' in sight" are the lyrics to what my son Danny calls a "cowboy song" -- "Dusty Skies," by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. It's the first tune on a CD of classic country & western music that he listens to first thing every morning....

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Autism, Empathy and the Sally-Anne Test

(63) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Mid-tantrum, my 17-year-old son, Danny, will often turn to me, look right into my eyes, say, "I'm sorry, Mom," and then go right back to his...

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Jerusalem's New Wave Cinema

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 2:06 PM

There are moments when cities become the focus for great filmmaking energy and imagination. It happened for Paris with the French New Wave (Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol and Resnais) in the sixties; and for New York with the noir classics of the fifties and early eixties and...

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7 Myths About Autism It's Time to Put to Rest

(88) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 10:16 AM

It's official: The astronomically high numbers on autism released in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control -- that 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with the disorder -- have jumped even higher. The CDC came out with new figures in March showing...

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10 Things All Parents Can Learn From Special Needs Families

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:10 PM

There are sports, and then there are extreme sports. I like to think of raising a child with autism as extreme parenting. That said, in some ways, it's not as different as you might think. It's just much more intense, which forces the parents of autistic children to work smarter,...

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5 Facts Autism Families Want President Obama to Know

(65) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 5:00 PM

President Obama,

Congratulations on your reelection! I was one of the millions who voted for you, and as the mother of a teenage boy with autism, I am grateful that you did so much in your first term to help families coping with autism. When you signed the Combating Autism...

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Zombie Therapy: An Autism's Mom's Take on The Walking Dead

(46) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:40 PM

We all wonder how we would react if the going got tough, i.e. there was a zombie invasion or something of the sort. This explains the popularity of The Walking Dead, the AMC series which just started its third season, and Cormac McCarthy's novel,

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An Autism Mom on Having It All

(14) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 12:14 PM

The debate on mothers "having it all" continues. This is just one more example of a controversy where, as the mother of a son with autism, I feel I must watch from the sidelines.

To mothers raising children with special needs, especially those who are single moms like me, it...

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Riding the Dark Horse: What Neil Young Taught Me About Autism and Fear

(8) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 6:00 PM

FDR was famous for saying, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." I have thought of this often in recent years, mostly in connection with Danny, my 16-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

I've come to realize that fear is key to...

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A Toy Story Father's Day: Where Is Andy's Dad?

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2012 | 8:19 PM


All kids have favorite movies, but autistic children tend to become obsessed with particular films. My 16-year-old son, Danny, who has autism, has chosen the Toy Story series for his main movie obsession. This is lucky for me and my younger son,...

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One Kid, Medium-Well Done: An Autism Mystery

(10) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Autism has two faces. The best known one is the Rain Man stereotype, the savant. Dr. Temple Grandin, a livestock engineer with autism who has written movingly about her life, fits into this category. She is extraordinarily successful in her work, but she has a limited social life,...

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R.I.P. Maurice Sendak: My Son, King of All Wild Things

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 12:08 PM

At least once a day, my 16-year-old son, Danny, comes to me with an open copy of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and says, "Mom, can you read it?"


It is always opened to a single page, the one where Max...

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10 Things To Do After An Autism Diagnosis

(190) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 8:54 AM

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, created five years ago by the group Autism Speaks as a locus for fund-raising and spreading the word. It comes at the start to National Autism Awareness Month, which was created by Congress back in the 1970s. In commemoration...

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