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It's hard to believe, but 2016 is coming fast, and we're booking dates for spring, summer and fall.   My newest book - RAISING CUBBY - is in paperback now.  My fourth book, SWITCHED ON, comes in the March.  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

Aug 23, Potsdam, NY
I will be speaking at the Clarkson University freshman convocation

Aug 29, Williamsburg, VA
Neurodiversity at William & Mary

Sept 20, Atlantic City, NY
Join me Sunday morning for the annual RDI Floortime conference at Bally's.  Registration required

Sept 30, Washington DC
Strategic planning session, Palomar - INSAR (not a public event)

Oct 5, 2014, Portland, OR
Division on Career Development and Transition conference

Oct 8, Longmeadow, MA
6PM - Longmeadow High School Auditorium - special ed parents

Oct 19, Springfield, MA
I will be the featured speaker at Baystate Medical Center's annual medical staff meeting.  If you'd like to attend please write Tammy Neils-Walker, tammy.neils-walker@baystatehealth.org

Oct 21, ND
North Dakota state autism spectrum conference

Oct 29/30 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Join me for Asperger Autism Manitoba's annual conference.  I have programs both days  Registration is required.

Nov 6, MI
Grand Valley State University

Nov 8-10, Williamsburg, VA
At William & Mary

Dec 12, Cambridge, MA
2015 Consortium on Autism and Sign Language - developing tools for an emerging discipline.  Sponsored by Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation and Stony Brook University.

January 13, FL
Join me for a return date at Florida Atlantic University

January 28/29, 2016, Hawaii
Looking forward to two days of workshops for the South Hawaii Special Education Group.

March 3, 2016, Worcester, MA
Worcester State University

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{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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