As the mother of a 20-year-old son with severe autism I have come to believe that by helping my own child I can help so many others by paving the way. Much of my advocacy involves overseeing my son Dan's educational program, while also making sure that he has fun and enjoys life. As Dan has gotten older I have also found time to advocate on a grander scale and these days I host Maverick Mama, an internet radio show on AutismOne.org. I also write about autism whenever I can, including for the Huffington Post and Newsday. I am the founder of Writers on Autism, which held its first annual reading in 2007 - and I help my husband, Jim Mulvaney, to run Surf Pals, a program in which kids with autism team up with surf teaches for free lessons and, hopefully, long friendships.