Michelle Vines was born in Liverpool, Australia and grew up in Melbourne. In 2002, she graduated from The University of Melbourne with bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Science before working in oil and gas and in plastics for several years. She then retired to become a mother of two boys. At age 30, Michelle moved with her family to Houston, Texas and was officially diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Michelle found the diagnosis to be a huge relief and has since dedicated much of her time to helping others understand those on the autism spectrum. In 2014, she gave a public presentation on “Life as an Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome,” which has been viewed by tens of thousands of people on YouTube and has been instrumental in giving many others hope and the courage to seek out their own Asperger’s diagnosis.