Lisa Louis created HikingAutism.com, a guide for the millions of families like hers with an autistic family member to experience the joy of nature. HikingAutism features more than 170 hikes accompanied by 1,900 stunning nature photos. The outings range from five mile hikes on Mt. Tam in Marin County to rambles through the streets of San Francisco.
The therapeutic power of nature is an undercurrent of Lisa’s weekly Insights blog. Her love of the outdoors stems from a childhood wandering the Adirondack Foothills. Today, she and her family lead other special needs families on hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A professional technical translator of Japanese, Lisa lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.
To contact Lisa, click here. She is currently seeking representation for Getting Sean Out: An Autism Journey to the Outside World.
Lisa’s first book, Butterflies of the Night: Mama-sans, Geisha, Strippers, and the Japanese Men They Serve details the social history of Japan’s nightlife culture from the Edo Period to the present.
• Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area article, “From Housebound to Hiking Mt. Tam”
• Wilderness Times, "I Love the Outdoors Interview #9, Hiking Autism"
• “Journeys” Podcast Season 2, Episode 38, Lisa Louis
• Golden Gate Breakfast Club presentation