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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

{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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