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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

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

Dec 3, Washington DC

Dept of Defense autism review - closed private event

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.

Jan 12, Bethesda, MD
IACC full committee meeting, prepare to update strategic plan - open to public and streamed live from

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.

Feb 8, Williamsburg, VA
William and Mary - class and office hours

February 20, Rockford, IL
Barbara Olson Center of Hope ball - 5PM - tickets required

Feb 29, Williamsburg, VA
William and Mary - class and office hours

March 3, 2016, Worcester, MA
Worcester State University

March 12, Portland ME
Southern Maine Autism Conference

Mar 14, Williamsburg, VA
William and Mary - class and office hours

March 22, everywhere
SWITCHED ON goes on sale

March 28, Williamsburg, VA
William and Mary - class and office hours

March 29, Williamsburg, VA
Book discussion - SWITCHED ON

April 1, Marlborough, MA
Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools annual conference.  I will be doing two workshops - details to follow - and talking about neurodiversity and our innovative TCS high school to career transition program.

April 2, Long Island, NY
I'll be talking about my new book - SWITCHED ON - and the unlocking of emotional insight and more at the annual AHA conference. Registration required.

April 4, Boulder, CO
Join Temple Grandin, David Finch, and me at TCS for a unique program.  Details to follow, registration required . .

April 18, Williamsburg, VA
William and Mary - class and office hours

April 19/20, Bethesda, MD
Tentative IACC - public meeting and NIH autism presentation

May 11-14, Baltimore MD
IMFAR Autism Science Conference - registration required
May 13 - noon - community lunch with Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes and John Donvan/Caren Zucker, authors of In A Different Key

July 25-29, Asheville NC
RROC National Meet

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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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