Jennifer Elder

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.[1] 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.[2] She is the basis for the character Jennifer Collins in Oliver Goldstick's play Wild Boy.[3]


  • Different Like Me, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005, ISBN 978-1-84310-815-3
  • Autistic Planet, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84310-842-9


  1. ^ Jennifer Elder, BFA 1990 Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine San Francisco Art Institute. Retrieved on 03 February 2009
  2. ^ Autism and Humanity, On Being, July 14, 2011
  3. ^ Weekend Stubble: "Not Even Wrong" Hits the Stage Retrieved on 02 July 2009

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