Amalia Starr is on a mission to tell the story of people who live in the shadows. Her new book, Raising Brandon, is an autobiographical account of her struggle to raise a son in a world where autism was not understood.

The book follows Starr’s life from the birth of her youngest son, his diagnosis with autism, epilepsy, and learning disorders, and her goal to help him live independently. “When most people hear autism they associate it with a child,” says Starr. “But like Brandon, my son who is now thirty-six, our children grow up, and we want them to live well and learn how to survive in the world.”

“There are thousands of children being diagnosed with autism everyday and those children will grow up. We need to have the resources in place to help them, and as parents, we need to know what to do.”