In October, New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice Helen E. Hoens (right) stepped down, saying she developed the qualities essential in a judge by raising her son Charlie (left), who has severe autism. Here she writes about how living in the ‘margin-world of autism’ prepared her for seven years on the bench.
The story of how I was chosen to serve as a justice, when there were maybe 70,000 lawyers in the state who might have been picked instead, is a pretty interesting tale. But it’s not nearly as interesting as how I managed to pull off that feat while being Charlie’s Mom.
Helen E. Hoens speaks on a variety of topics related to parenting children with disabilities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The photo above is by Charles Schwaneberg (Charlie’s dad). Photo below by The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ.