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Kim Stagliano
Hi, I'm Kim Stagliano, wife, Mom, writer, tired. My husband and I have three gorgeous girls - who have autism. Kind of impossible, considering autism affects boys 4:1 over girls. Mark and I have learned that impossible is often inescapable though.

My novel House of Cards is a fast paced, funny mystery infused with the vagaries of suddenly caring for two kids with autism. It's Romantic Suspense. Sort of like my life!

My Memoir All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is humorous look at a life that has been anything but ordinary or easy - and yet is full of laughter, joy and love. I promise, you won't need a Prozac to read it. :)

To buy my books, visit my Amazon author page HERE.

I'm Managing Editor of Age of Autism, the nation's first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic. I speak at national autism conferences, and have appeared on Good Morning America (with the kids!), ABC News, Fox News, in The Chicago Tribune, The National Catholic Register, and on blogs around the world.

I'm available for speaking engagement in persona and via Skype. Email me at Visit my website: Kim Stagliano.


Entries by Kim Stagliano

World Down Syndrome Day

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 4:41 PM

What turns a garden variety parent into an advocate? A mother or father "warrior?" For some it's a terrible accident -- like MADD's response to drunk driving. For others it's a product issue -- that would include  many of us in th autism community. 

For others, like...

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Sephora, "Celebutard" Lipstick? Are You High On Tattoo Ink?

(18) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Sephora cosmetics has a funky line of lipsticks under the Kat Von D. name called Painted ink. That's cool. One of the names of a creamy buff color is "Celebutard." Definitely not cool, funny or acceptable. Most of the other names are terrific, "Ritual, Cathedral." Even "Underage Red"...

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Too Old To Be Sexy?

(123) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 6:03 AM

While watching the 50th anniversary of the MLK Jr. March in Washington, DC I thought to myself, "My what a long time ago." Then the talking head on MSNBC said, "Back in 1963..." and I realized, "Oh, boy -- I was born in December of '63!"

I train in...

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Autism Sucks and Then We Die

(85) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 3:32 PM

It's been a while since I've spooned up a goodly dose of medicine to HuffPost friends. Today I ask you to open wide, say ahhh, bend over and cough all at once.

Mia and Mom!

Last month I was...

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Boys, Men, Howard Stern and Father's Day

(13) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 10:56 PM

On Thursday night I attended a party at Magnolia Bakery on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. The hostess was a radio personality named Lisa G. who is also the newswoman on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite radio. If you've...

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From the Pew: A Catholic Mom Who Closed the Factory

(15) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:10 PM

My husband and I try to attend Church every week. Take a look at the vowels in my name: "Rossi Stagliano." We are, as you have guessed, Roman Catholic. Throughout my adult life, I have been able to find the good in Church, meaning the community, the connection straight to...

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Howard Stern Performs Magic for Harry Potter

(58) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 12:04 PM

Recent news reports declare that Howard Stern is in talks with Simon Cowell of America's Got Talent to join Sharon Osborne and Howie Mandel as a judge. Comments on news sites and blogs have been scathing, with viewers loudly declaring they will abandon America's Got Talent in droves...

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Will My Second Baby Have Autism, Too?

(28) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 9:28 AM

A new study in Pediatrics says the recurrence risk of autism in younger siblings is higher than previously thought. Hardly comforting to autism families who want a second or third child and not surprising to me, mom of three daughters with autism.

In 1999, my husband and...

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De-Funding Planned Parenthood: A 'Magnum'-Sized Mistake

(25) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 2:38 PM

"Is this your condom? We found it in your car."

Imagine your high school boyfriend's mother asking the two of you that question at the kitchen table as she waves a foil Trojan packet in front of you. Did you just lose your neck into your shoulders and cringe with...

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Vaccine Safety: Why Parents Are Concerned

(1170) Comments | Posted October 17, 2010 | 12:58 PM

A new study from CS Mott Children's Hospital finds that 89 percent of parents think vaccine safety is the most important topic in medical research today. That makes sense, since the American pediatric vaccine schedule now includes 48 vaccinations before the age of six. Parents are facing...

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Autism and Assault in Our Family

(185) Comments | Posted August 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM

Three summers ago, I wrote a post for HuffPo called, "I Will Shake Your Foundation" on the fears my husband Mark and I have about bullying, abuse, neglect, rape and murder of our three defenseless daughters with autism.

Danny Bonaduce, the child star from the seventies...

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The 'Good Old Days' on Unemployment

(17) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 2:21 PM

I've watched the political debate over the worthiness (the Republicans call it worthlessness) of the unemployed American workers whose benefits are ending.

My husband lost his job in the fall of 2008, and we went onto unemployment. I remember his face, ashen white, his lips pinched, as he gave...

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Autism Should Not Be a Death Sentence

(60) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 11:10 AM

This had been a particularly rough April, aka "Autism Awareness Month." I'm trying to find the bright spots where I can. As always, I begin in my own home, with my three daughters, who have autism, and who can make me smile and laugh (and shake my head and holler,...

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Bridgeport Diocese Fights to Protect "Property," But What About the Children?

(35) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 6:10 PM

Last Christmas while visiting my parents, I attended Catholic Mass in the simple, sparsely decorated hometown church where I'd made my First Holy Communion and Confirmation, in Plainville, Massachusetts. The priest, Fr. Gary Thomson, made such an impression on me that I sent him an email when we returned home,...

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The Censorship of Autism Treatment

(685) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 1:33 PM

Last Thursday afternoon, The General Medical Council in London, England announced its decisions in the disciplinary hearing of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Professor Simon Murch and Professor John Walker-Smith. The ruling was not in their favor. (You can read the official ruling HERE.)

There will likely be other posts...

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Vote A Million Dollars For Autism Today

(28) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 10:18 AM

Remember the old saying about how different the world would be if the Defense Department had to hold bake sales to buy bombs? Well, in the autism world, we have to hold bake sales to raise money for just about everything. Autism now strikes one in 110 American children, yet...

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My Sleep Story: Almost Too Embarrassing To Share

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 1:41 PM

I assume you've read the headline and think I'm going to tell you about my bedwetting problem, right? Nope. My bed stays dry through the night, and will remain so for a few more years until I hit menopause and start hot flashing all over the sheets.

When I...

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Dr. Paul Offit: Pope Of The Church Of The Immaculate Vaccination

(1504) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 10:21 AM

I grew up in Boston, and am old enough to recall when the Catholic Church adamantly denied the sex scandal. Priests harming children? Sex abuse? No one wanted it to be true, and so it was easier to swallow the denials than to believe the children and adults whose lives...

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How Does It Feel To Be Told You Can't Have A Test?

(14) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 3:27 PM

America, how does it feel to wake up and learn that you can't have healthcare tests that you think you or your loved one needs? Welcome to the autism treatment world. Kinda sucks, doesn't it?

This week we learned that neither mammograms nor pap tests are as necessary as previously...

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Will Democrats Scuttle Healthcare Because Of Abortion?

(12) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 1:43 PM

Does Spanx make an asbestos undergarment for HuffPo bloggers about to set themselves on fire?

I'm wondering if some Democrats are going to use abortion against the healthcare plan the way Republicans have used it (and gay marriage) to scuttle elections for years. This concerns me.

I am a pro-choice...

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