Andee Joyce was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is an autistic self-advocate who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2007, at the age of 44. Since then, she has done numerous presentations about life on the spectrum for doctors, parents, professionals, and fellow autistics. In addition to her work on the Commission, she is also the chapter lead for Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) in Portland, where she lives with her partner and two feline familiars. She has also written blogs on three of her obsessions—body image, Mad Men, and the New York Mets—and has essays on that will be published in two upcoming books: We’ve Been Here All Along, an anthology on people over 35 on the spectrum edited by Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg (due in 2012); and It’s All in Her Head, an anthology on women’s mental health edited by Laura Andre (due in 2013). In October 2011, she was a presenter at the Autism Society of Oregon conference, as a participant in the Adult Panel. She is also hard at work on a young adult novel about autism and baseball, two great tastes that taste great together.