Earlier this week, I saw John Elder Robison at Book Passage in Corte Madera. In case you don't know who he is, John is a 55-year old with Asperger's. His first book, Look Me in the Eye, which I read and reviewed 2 years ago (2/11/11), was about his childhood, growing up with Asperger's before the condition was labeled. He followed that with Be Different (which I haven't read), which talks about his later childhood and gives practical tips on how to interact with an Asperger's child. His latest, Raising Cubby, is about his teenage son, who also has Asperger's and had a run-in with the federal government regarding bomb-making!
John is an enthusiastic speaker with a lot to say. He is nationally known for his tireless work (as well as his books) raising awareness about Asperger's and currently sits on several boards. And, by all means, read Look Me in the Eye. It's really good.