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Jennifer Cook        

Author Known For "The Asperkids" Series

Jennifer Cook (formerly Cook O’Toole) is author of seven bestselling, award-winning books, which have been translated into six languages (and counting) and include the winner of the Autism Society of America's Book of the Year Award. Her "Asperkids" series and “Sisterhood of the Spectrum,” comprise the best-selling autism-related book collection in the world, while her memoir, "Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum" is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, chosen a "Best Book" title winner by Publishers Weekly, and named one of both the "Best Autism Books of All Time" and "Best-Selling Autism Books of All Time" by BookAuthority. The audiobook version is the first-ever recorded by someone on the autism spectrum.

Following two years as a domestic violence counselor for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, NC, after graduating from Brown University, Cook matriculated to the School of Social Work at Columbia University. She later returned to Charlotte, where she continued her academic work in the Graduate School of Education at Queens University while teaching, earning a nomination for “Disney’s American Teacher of the Year Award” in her first year. Jennifer Cook (then O’Toole) stayed at home after the birth of her first child, a daughter, in 2003. She delivered sons in 2006 and 2009. And, in 2011, at the age of thirty-five, she was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (autism), just after her three children and their father had been similarly identified.

The creation of AK (Asperkids) -- a multimedia social re-education company took that message even bigger, sparking imaginations, changing minds, and rewriting the autism narrative.

In addition to writing, Cook keynotes internationally in front of jumbotrons and in boardrooms, in schools and on stages, for kids and for Their Royal Highnesses the Princess Sophie of England and Princess Marie of Denmark. She is a beloved presenter, winning AuKids’ Magazine’s “Speaker of the Year” for her very first talk (in Manchester, UK, 2012), appearing on magazine covers and on-air, in corporate trainings for Cargill, on top of picnic tables for the National Eating Disorders Association and on fashion runways at Nordstrom and The Kinney Center.

She sits on the Autism Society of America’s Panel of People on the Spectrum, is a columnist/expert panelist for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party, and is a contributor to the online Spectrum Women Magazine. Her personal story has been featured in The New York Post, The Guardian, by BBC World Service, NPR, and Fox News, and by scores of press outlets around the world. In 2019, Jennifer became the inaugural Senior Directorial Consultant to CNN Hero, Dr. Wendy Ross, at Jefferson University Hospitals Jefferson Health Center for Autism and Neurodiversity in Philadelphia.

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