Michelle Vines was born in Liverpool, Australia and grew up in Melbourne. After showing talent in the areas of mathematics and science, Michelle was accepted into the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science. She then went on to work in oil and gas and in plastics manufacturing before retiring from her career and becoming a mother to two boys. At age thirty, Michelle moved with her family to Houston, Texas and was officially diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome later the same year. 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.