Beverly Bishop was determined to help her special needs son fit in with his peers, and to foster tolerance and understanding among her son's friends and schoolmates. She wrote My Friend With Autism for the teachers and students in her son's elementary school class. By helping others understand autism, she is able to encourage tolerance and a positive approach to Classroom integration for special needs children. She teaches high school computer classes and is the technology coordinator for a private K-12 school. Her illustrator-husband Craig Bishop taught art in the Michigan public schools for thirty years.