Juggling work, life, and special needs

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This story is taken from the book My Unique Child: A Practical Guide to Raising A Child with Autism. Names have been changed to protect the identities of the persons mentioned.

Alice talks about how she manages between running a business and caring for her teenage daughter who has autism.

I currently run a business that is based overseas. I started the business more than 10 years ago, before I was even married, and it has grown. However in recent years, because of my daughter, I have scaled down my business and closed many divisions so that I don’t have to travel so often.

When she was younger, I used to travel regularly and would be overseas for up to a month. Now, I monitor the business from here in Singapore and communicate with my partner on the phone and through the Internet.

It is quite difficult to juggle work and life because I’m the only one looking after my daughter. I may give up my business completely someday.


Read more stories like this in the book My Unique Child: A Practical Guide to Raising A Child with Autism.

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