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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

May 4, South Hadley, MA
Join me at 7PM at Odyssey Books, in the Village Commons for a public talk and Q&A about TMS, brain stimulation, autism and Switched On

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

May 19, Providence RI
I will be speaking about TMS - brain stimulation - and my new SWITCHED ON book with Dr. Lindsay Oberman, one of the researchers who stars in the story. This is a free event, open to the public and sponsored by Bradley Hospital.

June 3-4, Greenwich, CT
Greenwich Motor Car concours

June 11-12 Washington DC
The College of William & Mary has a few slots left in our summer neurodiversity course, held at our DC campus in the Carnegie Building near Dupont Circle.  Register and read more here

July 25-29, Asheville NC
RROC National Meet

Sept 3-4 Sydney, Australia
Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Sept 5, Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide Writers Festival out of season event

Sept 6 Melbourne, Australia
Autism Awareness event Melbourne

Sept 7-11, 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)

{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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