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It's hard to believe, but we're already booking dates for fall and winter '17 and '18. My newest book SWITCHED ON is on sale now.  Meanwhile, I'm busy with my car business, teaching, speaking, and advocacy work as well.  There's a lot going on!
Would you like to bring me to your college or conference? If so, contact Tom Gagnon or Sally Itterly, my speaking representatives at The Lavin Agency. Do you want to set up a program in your elementary, middle, or high school? I handle those directly; write me at john@johnrobison.com.

Discovery Science Channel
Last year I was profiled in an episode of INGENIOUS MINDS on Discovery Science. The show is rerun with some frequency; check the Discovery Science Channel website for details.  Meanwhile, you can watch it here on YouTube

Want to hear me talk about my new book, SWITCHED ON?
Check out this interview on NPR Here and Now

Read about SWITCHED ON in this NY Times review

Listen to Terry Gross, Alvaro Pascual Leone and me talk about TMS and Switched On, on Fresh Air

Sept 6, Brookville, Long Island, NY
I will be on the campus of LIU Post talking neurodiversity and college

Sept 15-Oct 1, West Springfield, MA
Join us for the 101st Eastern States Exposition - The Big E

Sept 16, Burlington, VT

Join me at the University of Vermont for the Burlington Book Festival.  Later that day and on Sunday you’ll find me with the Robison Service crew at The British Invasion in Stowe.

Sept 25, East Longmeadow, MA
Bay Path University - class at 6:30PM in room 221, Ryan Health Sciences Building on East Longmeadow campus

Sep 29, Chico CA
Chico State University - several sessions

Sep 30, San Diego, CA
Love and Autism

Oct 12, Boston, MA

I will be part of a live storytelling event with The Moth at The Wilbur Theatre.  This is a ticketed event and will sell out quickly as soon as tix go on sale.

Oct 15, Los Angeles, CA
I will be taking part in the 2017 HELP group Summit at the Skirball Cultural Center on Sepulveda.  My sessions are at 8:30 and 9:45 on Saturday

Oct 17, Rosemead, CA
Southern California Edison, Autism At Work

Oct 27, Cincinnati, OH
I will be appearing in two programs at the University

Nov 5, Washington DC
Development function for William & Mary

Nov 6, Williamsburg, VA
I will be joining the Neurodiversity Group and speaking to several classes.  I'll also have office hours for any students or staff who want to talk

Nov 8, Northampton, MA
Autism, Asperger's, and Neurodiversity . . . I will be back home at the Forbes Library in Northampton with Cammie McGovern and Pat Stacey.  Watch their website for details; this will be a free event open to the community.

Nov 30, Amherst, MA

5-7 pm on Thursday November 30 in room 2601 of the University of Massachusetts W.E.B. Du Bois Library [26th floor]  This is a free event for the Amherst and UMass communities


{Consulting for schools and colleges}

The explosion of autism awareness, thousands of new diagnoses, and the emergent neurodiversity movement create myriad challenges and opportunities for public schools, colleges and universities. As a recognized leader in the autism community I am ready to help your institution meet those challenges head on while recognizing and seizing the many opportunities autism awareness may present.

There are three key areas where my services may be valuable:

Autism has already had a major impact on public schools, and it’s presented boards of education with one of the biggest budget challenges of modern times. I help districts get the most value for a budget while still exceeding current levels of service delivery.

In the years to come autism awareness will touch every single subject taught in college today, and shape all of them in subtle ways. Engineering colleges will recognize the learning differences and creative abilities of their many students on the fringe of the autism spectrum. Criminal Justice majors will learn how to react when they encounter people with autism in the field, and how to engage those people successfully, with respect and compassion. Business majors will learn to accommodate a newly emergent subgroup of future employees and customers.

However, not every teenager with autism is or should be college-bound. For some it may be time to return to the trade school model of high school education. That’s something I am very familiar with too.

Every year, more and more students enter college with awareness of their own autism. Are you ready to accommodate them, and shape your programs to ensure they are happy and successful? Schools will face a bewildering array of accommodation requests from students, parents, and advisors. I can help make sense of it all.

The diagnosed autistic population is increasing in size and visibility every year. With each new semester colleges are enhancing programs to recruit and accommodate students on the autism spectrum; and they are training the clinicians, teachers, counselors, and others who will serve that population tomorrow.

When it comes to optimizing that process of accommodation and program development, my skills and qualifications are unique in the field. I can help put your school at the forefront, and keep it there.

Autism affects more than 1% of the population; 1 in 54 males are on the autism spectrum. It’s now recognized as the most common developmental difference. Some folks with autism are disabled, but most of us work for a living as adults. We have our issues, but our different brain wiring also confers unique abilities and gifts. Some of us are slow, steady, and reliable. Others are some of the brightest intellects the world has ever known. In fact, many psychologists believe some of our greatest historical geniuses were autistic.

Today this truth is clear: Autism may be a disability, but we would still be living in caves if not for Einstein, Newton, and all the non standard thinkers who gave us the innovations we depend on. It’s a point for today’s leaders to ponder, as they strive to pull ahead in an ever-more-competitive world. We’re ready to help, at all levels. The autism spectrum contains people who can perform at all levels, with many different skills. We’re loyal, reliable, and trustworthy.

But we need the help of schools to succeed. We need the specialized knowledge that’s such a key part of education today. We need credentials to open employer doors. We need the help and counsel that today’s graduates will be delivering in the field next year.

Now, it’s time to take the next step. Can I be of service to you? Feel free to pass my name along to a colleague in need, or contact me to discuss your own organization’s needs.

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