Cindy Rasmussen was born in Colorado as the oldest of six children. She moved to California in the early 1960s and earned a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965. Shortly thereafter, she became a Social Caseworker for the San Diego County Department of Public Welfare. In 1966, she married Phil Rasmussen, an officer in the U.S Navy working for the elite Special Forces now known as Navy SEALs. The couple has three children: Mark, born in 1969; Steven, born in 1971; and Geoffrey, born in 1977. Life with Steven is the inspiration for Cindy’s book, Autism – a Family Journey. Cindy and Phil now divide their time between Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula and Jensen Beach, Florida.