A Cleveland Artist On Living In Color & Raising A Son With Autism

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
10:00 am
05/17/18

Photographed by Heidi M. Rolf

This profile of uber-talented Lauren Noel marks two firsts for Mother. She’s not only the first Cleveland-based mama we’ve featured, she’s also the first to open up about raising a child with autism. Both firsts, we might add, are painfully overdue. According to brand-new data from the CDC, 1 in 59 American children (1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls) are identified as having autism spectrum disorder, and this ratio is 15% higher than it was just two years prior. For those of us unfamiliar with autism, Lauren graciously opens up about her personal experience with her second son, 8-year-old Keegan (younger bro to 9-year-old Dylan), and along the way she crushes common misconceptions and sets us straight on the terms “autistic child” vs. “a child with autism.” Of course, autism isn’t the only thing in this 29-year-old mama’s life. She also shows us inside of her wonderland of a home, which is bursting with optimistic color, and fills us in on her career as an artist, which has recently hit fever pitch.

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5 comments

Marina

Thank you for this article and hopefully you will feature more autism moms!

Nathalie

Thank you so much for sharing this. Deeply touched by this mama’s journey with her sons. So beautiful to see art as such an integral part of her professional and her family life.

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Carla Cram

Thank you for sharing Lauren. I’m a mum of a 3 year old who is on the autism spectrum. I could relate to a lot of what you said, I’m 32 weeks pregnant with our second so it’s a challenging yet exciting time in my life. Thanks to Mother mag for sharing a story about a family with autism in their lives, it’s nice to have something more specific to relate to.

Beth

This was such a refreshing feature from Mother! No offense at all to your publication but I had checked out for a while.. was getting pretty sick of all the fancy white moms in $500 dresses. I hope to see more diversity from Mother!

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