Hello world.  I am Marjorie Madfis,  the mother of a teen girl with autism spectrum disorder, a wife, a marketer, a networker, and an IBMer.  I live with my family in White Plains, New York, and work from home as a digital marketer for IBM Software Group.  While I may mention my employer from time to time, the opinions here are my own and do not reflect those of the corporation.


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  1. Dear Marjorie,
    I am Scott Lentine, a 25 year old man with high-functioning autism (PDD-NOS/Asperger’s) from Billerica and summer resident of Fieldston Beach, Marshfield. I graduated from Merrimack College magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a Biology minor. I am currently an office intern at the Arc of Massachusetts in Waltham, where I try to persuade lawmakers to pass key disability resources legislation to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. I am interested in data clerical entry duties, hospital settings, autism non-profit organizations, and research type work. I have some poems about autism in this email that I wanted you read and show to additional people you know on the spectrum and their families and friends. My autism song poems are now featured on Claire LaZebnik’s blog, John Elder Robison’s Look Me in the Eye blog, the Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid blog,Flannery Sullivan’s Living on the Spectrum: The Connor Chronicles blog and Seth Mnookin’s PLOS blog. The reviews from commenters have been great! My poems have also been featured on Ellen Seidman’s Love that Max blog and Dr. Tony Attwood’s blog as well. I regularly communicate via email with people such as Stephen Shore, Susan Senator, and John Elder Robison. I am in the process of reviewing my 4th poem, I’ll email it to you when the poem is complete. I even got a support letter email from President Obama for autism advocacy. I hope you love these poems!

    Scott Lentine

    Just a Normal Day

    Never knowing what to say

    Never knowing what to do

    Always looking for clues

    Just a normal day

    Feeling unsure

    Totally perplexed with everyday life

    Always on edge never certain

    I wish I could lift this curtain

    Needing to constantly satisfy my need for information

    Always online searching for new revelations

    Going from site to site

    Obtaining new insights every night

    Trying to connect with people my age

    Attempting to reveal my unique vision

    But ending up alone and unengaged

    Feeling like my needs a total revision

    Just a normal day

    Can’t You See

    Can’t you see

    I just want to have a friend

    Can’t you see

    I need the same connections in the end

    Can’t you see

    I want a good job

    Can’t you see

    I need to have stability and dependence and part of the general mob

    Can’t you see

    I want to be independent on my own

    Can’t you see

    I want to be able to have my own home

    Can’t you see

    I want the same things as everyone else

    Can’t you see

    I want to be appreciated for myself

    The Ode to the Autistic Man

    Try to understand the challenges that I face

    I would like to be accepted as a human in all places

    Where I will end up in life I don’t know

    But I hope to be successful wherever I go

    I would like to expand my social skills in life

    Making new friends would be very nice

    Stand proud for the autistic man

    For he will find a new fan

    I hope to overcome the odds I face today

    Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day

    By the age of 20, I will have made tremendous strides

    I know in the future, life will continue to be an interesting ride

    I have made new friends by the year

    I will be given tremendous respect by my family and peers

    I hope to get noted for bringing the issue of autism to the common man

    So that autistic people can be accepted in this great land

    Stand proud for the autistic man

    For he will find a new fan

    I hope to overcome the odds I face today

    Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day

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