Naoki Higashida (born 1992) is an accomplished poet, novelist and essayist from Japan. In spite of having difficulties making himself understood when he was very young, he won first prize in the Grimm Fairy Tales Contest, a story-writing competition, at both 11 and 12 years of age. To date he has published more than 20 books, including one on autism ("The Reason I Jump") that became a hit in Japan and that has now been translated into 30+ languages. Naoki uses an alphabet grid to write without any assistance from anyone. Read more about this gifted writer here.