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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


{Jack Robison aka Cubby}

Jack Robison giving a talk at St. Joes, march 2011.Today, scientists believe autism is the result of genetic predisposition, and environmental influences. That’s certainly how it looks to me, too. My dad had many Aspergian traits, though no one recognized them during his lifetime. I’m sure countless people grew up with undiagnosed Asperger’s in the 1930s and '40s.

My own son was always "different," too. At first, we thought he might have ADHD. Now, we know different. He has Asperger’s too. And so does his mom.

When I was growing up, my greatest special interests were electronics and machines. My son’s interest is chemistry. Like many young people who explore organic chemistry, my son was fascinated by "energetic reactions," or explosives.

A less inquisitive kid might have contented himself with reading chemistry text books. A less brilliant kid might not have figured out how to make state-of-the-art compounds that were not even classified by the ATF or FBI. A less Aspergian kid might have realized that investigators who looked at his "instructional" Youtube videos might have seen something more than was really there.

When they finally came calling, in the winter of 2008, the ATF agent in charge of the scene turned to me and said, “Mister Robison, I can see that your son is not a criminal. Somewhere in the US, every year, the ATF finds a Boy Scout genius with a chemistry set. This is your year.”

You can read the story of that encounter in my newest memoir, Raising Cubby, in stores January 2013.

My son, his girlfriend, and Wrong Planet founder Alex Plank have started a series, Autism Talk TV, where they talk about autism issues.

All of them are available to speak at schools and events. Contact us if you’d like to discuss a booking.

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