By Kim Rossi Stagliano
When I was 21, I had graduated from Boston College with a degree in Economics cum laude. I was bright, funny, hard working. I landed an internship and full time job with Boston's top ad agency at the time, Hill Holliday. I went to work on the Lotus Development account. Anyone old enough to remember Lotus 1-2-3? And Wang word processors (also a HH account)? Below is a photo of me at a tradeshow - DECWORLD!
I lived in Newton Corner Massachusetts and rode the 304 bus to Back Bay every day. That's the bus in the above photo.
Fast forward several lifetimes. My daughter Mia is 22 and her sister Gianna is about to turn 21, just like Mom. Below is the bus Mia takes to her "job", after graduating from her extended special education schooling in our town. She is bright, funny, hardworking. Autistic.
There she is below with her "boss," me.
Mia attends a special needs day program. Mia has vaccine induced autism. I'll be her "boss" for the rest of my life.
Neither of us had measles though, so it's all good, right?
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.