Ilonka (Michelle) O’Neil has contributed to A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism, and Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child. She has written for Literary Mama, The Imperfect Parent, Age of Autism, Cool Cleveland and Hopeful Parents, and Natural Awakenings Magazine. She is author of the memoir Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar. She has a daughter with Asperger’s and a son who is affected by PANS. She’s married to the wonderful Hot Toddy and has been blogging about autism, family and lots of other stuff since 2006. They’ve been living in south Florida since summer 2013, where she teaches yoga classes for parents of children with special needs.
In 2009 her daughter received an autism service dog named Jingle from 4 Paws for Ability. Some of her posts about Jingle have appeared in the blogs of The Bark! Her work has also appeared in Sensory Integration Special Interest Section (SISIS) Quarterly Newsletter, a professional journal for occupational therapists. She is a former radio news reporter/editor and her pieces have been featured during NPR’s Morning Edition on WAMU in Washington, DC. She currently blogs for Yoga Journey and contributes to www.yogiapproved.com.