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It's hard to believe, but 2016 is passing fast, and we're booking dates for fall and winter '17. 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

July 19, Washington, DC
Meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

July 29 - Aug 4, Asheville NC
RROC National Meet

Sept 4 Sydney, Australia
12:30-1:30 - session at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Sept 5, Adelaide, Australia
6:30 to 7:30 at Elder Hall - Adelaide Writers Festival out of season event

Sept 6 Melbourne, Australia
5PM - NAB Academy at Docklands - Autism Awareness  Australia event Melbourne

Sept 9-10, Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane Writers Festival

Sept 16-19, Stowe. VT
Join us at the British Invasion - the largest British cars show and lifestyle event in the USA

Sept 17, Burlington, VT
I'll be appearing at the Burlington Book Festival

Sept 16-Oct 2, West Springfield, MA
Join me in West Springfield, MA for the 100th anniversary of The Big E - New England's Carnival

Oct 22, Chicago, IL
National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum (registration required) (link to come)

Jan 11, Davis, CA
I'll be speaking at the MIND Institute at UC Davis

Feb 10, Savannah, GA
Autism Conference - details to come

March 11-12, Tucson, AZ
Join me and 125,000 festival goers on the second weekend in March for the Tucson Book Festival

{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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