Jennifer Elder (born 1968, San Francisco) is an American author, illustrator, and assistant editor for the Collins Library. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990. The mother of an autistic son, she has written two books for autistic children: Different Like Me and Autistic Planet. She is married to author Paul Collins, with whom she has appeared on the American Public Media program On Being. She is the basis for the character Jennifer Collins in Oliver Goldstick's play Wild Boy.