Diane Mayer Christiansen, author of the nonfiction book PLANET A, graduated with a Biology degree despite her struggles with dyslexia. She worked at both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University doing genetic research. Christiansen is now a published author who has published five books, writing about her journey with her son Jackie, and his Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a motivational speaker, sharing her own struggles with dyslexia, a learning difference not understood during her school days and talking to parents and teachers about learning to celebrate those things that make our children different. Jackie Christiansen is also a publish author and speaks openly about his struggles with autism.