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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

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


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

For the past four years I’ve been privileged to work with Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone and his team of scientists to explore autism and the brain. They are using high power magnetic fields to reach inside our minds to unravel some of the mysteries of how we think. The technique they use is called TMS, for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

In my case, the result of some TMS experiments has been truly life-changing. I credit TMS with fundamentally altering the way I see and engage other people. My strong belief in the power of TMS is solidly based on my own experiences in the lab.

TMS uses the principle of induction to deliver tiny amounts of energy to precisely targeted areas of the brain. It’s done by placing a handheld electromagnet against the scalp and pulsing it with energy. The resultant magnetic field reaches into the brain, where it induces tiny electrical currents in the threads of brain cells, or neurons. That energy can enhance or inhibit the functioning of areas as small as 1% of our total brain mass. The process itself is really quite simple, but figuring out where and how to deploy it… that is the great mystery.

The TMS Lab is part of the Berenson-Allen Center for Non Invasive Brain Studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

I invite you to read more about the lab on their own website, and on my blog. If you are interested in participating in any of our studies you can write Lindsay Oberman, PhD.

The Monarch School

Monarch is a private school for kids with neurological differences. People have moved across the country to place their kids in Monarch’s calm environment. I met the folks at Monarch when I spoke there in late 2007. That visit sparked a collaboration that continues to this day.

John Barone and the crew (faculty and students both) wrote the Teaching Guide to Look Me in the Eye, and we are working together now on a guide for Be Different.

Google and Project Spectrum

Since early 2008, I have been a strong supporter of Google and their Project Spectrum initiative. The folks in Google's Boulder, Colorado office are using Sketchup to help autistic people express their ideas via shapes and designs on the computer.

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