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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

Curriculum Vitae — 2017
Academic Work
Autism Advocacy


I am an autistic adult who takes a leadership role in government and education, in developing and articulating policy with respect to autistic individuals and the autistic community. Recognized expertise on behavioral, cultural, and medical issues surrounding autism, and the emerging field of neurodiversity. Co-founder of the first program to teach neurodiversity at a major American university.

I am best known to the public for my writing. My books on life with autism have made bestseller lists on four continents. They are part of the curriculum in many schools and colleges. The autism community knows me as a vocal and enthusiastic advocate for research and policy to improve the lives of autistic people. In other circles I am recognized for my performance photography; the automobile company I founded; and the electronic music creations of my youth - including special effects for Pink Floyd’s sound company and custom guitars for the band KISS.

In peer-review journals I am the author of two articles on the evolution and history of the autism diagnosis (one on print, one in review as of Sept 16) and I am a co-author of the WHO ICF autism core sets papers.

In the automotive world, I am known as a senior technical expert for the Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche clubs. I have written widely on technical issues with all those cars and about car care, restoration, and forensics in general.

You can find me online in these places:
My author website:
My car company:
My blogs:
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services
I am John.Robison (personal page) and JohnElderRobison (public figure page) on Facebook, and @johnrobison on Twitter. All of my posts are public-viewable and family-friendly.

Books published:

Switched On, Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby are published by Random House in the United States and Canada. Various other houses publish my work elsewhere in the world. A full list of foreign publishers is available on my website.

Partial list of recently published articles:

Interviews and quotes in popular media:

Partial list of Citations:

Recent workshops and lectures (2016)

Partial list of places I have spoken:

Other data

I am a US citizen, with a current US passport.

My membership on IACC makes me a special Federal employee and I am subject to certain rules regarding conflict of interest, etc. with respect to outside consulting work.

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