- Like many autistic women and girls, Laura James was diagnosed with autism very late and after several misdiagnoses
- As a child, her extreme meltdowns were dismissed as naughtiness
- Autism is neither "good or bad," says Laura. "It's like having brown eyes"
(CNN)Laura James, 47, is a successful journalist and author. She's a wife to Tim and mother to four adult children. She likes fashion, cats and writing. She's eloquent and quick-witted.