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It's hard to believe, but we're already booking dates for fall '18. SWITCHED ON is in development as a film.  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
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 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

Feb 28-Mar 1, Marathon, WI
Marathon Country Special Education conference

Mar 6, Putney VT
Landmark College - student and staff sessions

Mar 12 - Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Mar 14 - Williamsburg, VA
Neurodiversity class and office hours

Mar 24 - Woodstock, VT
Woodstock Book Festival (runs Fri-Sun, tickets required)

Mar 26 - Williamsburg, VA
Neurodiversity class and office hours

Apr 3 - Longmeadow, MA
Bay Path University - public talk

April 17-18 - Boston, MA
Autism Biomarkers Clinical Trial meeting

April 19 - Bethesda, MA
Meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

April 24, New York, NY
Join me for Landmark College's Champions of Change gala at Bryant Park Grill

May 9-11 - Rotterdam
International Society For Autism Research annual conference (formerly IMFAR)

Jun 9-10 Washington DC
William & Mary summertime neurodiversity course (registration on

July 20-22 Williamsburg, VA
William & Mary summer bridge program

Oct 9, Livermore CA
Private event at Lawrence Livermore National Labs

Curriculum Vitae — 2017
Academic Work
Autism Advocacy


I am an autistic adult who takes a leadership role in government and education, in developing and articulating policy with respect to autistic individuals and the autistic community. Recognized expertise on behavioral, cultural, and medical issues surrounding autism, and the emerging field of neurodiversity. Co-founder of the first program to teach neurodiversity at a major American university.

I am best known to the public for my writing. My books on life with autism have made bestseller lists on four continents. They are part of the curriculum in many schools and colleges. The autism community knows me as a vocal and enthusiastic advocate for research and policy to improve the lives of autistic people. In other circles I am recognized for my performance photography; the automobile company I founded; and the electronic music creations of my youth - including special effects for Pink Floyd’s sound company and custom guitars for the band KISS.

In peer-review journals I am the author of two articles on the evolution and history of the autism diagnosis (one on print, one in review as of Sept 16) and I am a co-author of the WHO ICF autism core sets papers.

In the automotive world, I am known as a senior technical expert for the Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche clubs. I have written widely on technical issues with all those cars and about car care, restoration, and forensics in general.

You can find me online in these places:
My author website:
My car company:
My blogs:
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services
I am John.Robison (personal page) and JohnElderRobison (public figure page) on Facebook, and @johnrobison on Twitter. All of my posts are public-viewable and family-friendly.

Books published:

Switched On, Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby are published by Random House in the United States and Canada. Various other houses publish my work elsewhere in the world. A full list of foreign publishers is available on my website.

Partial list of recently published articles:

Interviews and quotes in popular media:

Partial list of Citations:

Recent workshops and lectures (2016)

Partial list of places I have spoken:

Other data

I am a US citizen, with a current US passport.

My membership on IACC makes me a special Federal employee and I am subject to certain rules regarding conflict of interest, etc. with respect to outside consulting work.

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