The next time you find yourself strolling through Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman, stroll over to the fine house wares and have a gentle whiff of the boxes of Nest candles. With whimsical names like Periwinkle Hyacinth, Wild Oats & Bourbon, and Wasabi Pear, one’s olfactories bursts with sensory delight. These candles, made for a discerning clientele, have found a well-deserved niche thanks to founder of NEST, Laura Slatkin – an autism mom. Before that, she and her husband Harry were making high-end bath and body products together. Their products have been coveted by the likes of Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey, and the late Princess Diana to name a few. And, I’m spotlighting them here on Sockitmama because they are autism parents.
From what I’ve read, The Slatkins are tireless champions of autism causes. And, if their faces seem familiar, think Autism Every Day by Autism Speaks. Those who have seen the longer version of Autism Every Day may be familiar with Laura. She’s the woman in the Hamptons in white capri pants and an adorable coif who side-steps her coffee table trying to get a handle on her little runner (a runner is an autistic child who bolts impulsively). Many parents could relate to that. I certainly could at one point. And, that movie was quite profound for me because it was the first time I’d seen on film other families dealing with some of the issues that we were. For many families, Autism Every Day is not a movie — it is reality!
At this posting, Harry and Laura Slatkin are on the board of Autism Speaks and work tirelessly to improve the lives of those with autism. Both parents are successful and high-achievers. Harry is the President of Slatkin & Co. and President of Home Design for Limited Brands. Laura is the President and CEO of Candela Group. The two founded The New York Center for Autism (NYCA) and think tanks on autism.
They are the parents of boy/girl twins, Alexandra and David. David has autism.
I’m going to make it a permanent feature on my blog to spotlight autism families from time-to-time so that people can see that we are in every segment of society. And, even in the face of medical adversity, we can triumph.