Jonathan Mitchell was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1955. In 1958, his parents noted there was something wrong when he stopped speaking and threw tantrums and had other problems. Jonathan is a Bettelheim era autistic and spent 10 years in psychoanalysis in the 60s. He also attended special education for eight years until 1969. He writes a blog called Autism's Gadfly where he writes about various autism issues.