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John Elder Robison
Works at College of William and Mary
Attended Mulberry Tree School
Lives in Amherst, MA
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Was one of the Jamestown founders a secret Catholic?
This later Jamestown church sits about 100 feet from the original wood pole structure Was one of the founders of the Church of England’s first
permanent settlement in Virginia a secret Catholic?   Earlier today archaeologists from Jamestown and the
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A chance to work in our automotive program
You’ve read about the high school program we
have in the Robison Service car complex in Springfield.   Our unique school has been profiled in news
stories and on New England Public Radio. If you are a certified Massachusetts
vocational teacher, this is your...
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Last year I wrote a story about the frame rust that is beginning to cripple Discovery II trucks that run in snow country, particularly the 2003-4 models.  At the time, the only fix was a new frame ($10,000+) or hand fabricati...
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Building a Rolls-Royce engine
A few years ago one of our clients bought an exceptionally nice 1972 long wheelbase Shadow.  Like most "clean" Rolls-Royce motorcars of its vintage the car was very clean everywhere but under the hood.  That was a mess.  It's too old and too complex to be a...
A few years ago one of our clients bought an exceptionally nice 1972 long wheelbase Shadow.  Like most "clean" Rolls-Royce motorcars of its vintage the car was very clean everywhere but under the hood.  That was a mess.  It's...
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The last word on interpreting 60s and 70s Rolls Royce serial numbers . . . for the car geeks among you
One of the things car collectors often ask is - Does the car have matching numbers?  In this essay I'll show you how to check the engine numbers on the Shadow series, and how they compare to the chassis numbers shown on the b...
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Protecting Your Home From Fire
While a fireplace or woodstove can be peaceful, an out of
control fire in the home is one of the most frightening things anyone can
imagine.   I had a candle set the wall
screen on fire in my bedroom 35 years ago, and almost got burnt up. That left
me with ...
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When starters go to die
We’ve all heard the noise – a horrid metallic grinding as
the car’s starter tries to engage a running engine.   What’s it mean when you hear that noise and
the motor isn’t running? It could mean the starter is going bad.   More often, it means there is a da...
We’ve all heard the noise – a horrid metallic grinding as the car’s starter tries to engage a running engine.  What’s it mean when you hear that noise and the motor isn’t running? It could mean the starter is going bad.  M...
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Pre Purchase Inspection of Cars
A beautiful dropped Bentley like this would be a fine addition to any collection Experts agree - If you’re looking for a pre-owned high end
car – of any vintage – you are well-advised to get a pre-purchase
inspection.   In the real estate trade
many banks w...
A beautiful dropped Bentley like this would be a fine addition to any collection Experts agree - If you’re looking for a pre-owned high end car – of any vintage – you are well-advised to get a pre-purchase inspection.  In ...
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A few years ago one of our clients bought an exceptionally nice 1972 long wheelbase Shadow.  Like most "clean" Rolls-Royce motorcars of its vintage the car was very clean everywhere but under the hood.  That was a mess.  It's...
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A Fix For Land Rover Discovery II Frame Rot / Rust
Last year I wrote a story about the frame rust that is
beginning to cripple Discovery II trucks that run in snow country, particularly
the 2003-4 models.   At the time, the only
fix was a new frame ($10,000+) or hand fabrication and patching (costly and not...
Last year I wrote a story about the frame rust that is beginning to cripple Discovery II trucks that run in snow country, particularly the 2003-4 models.  At the time, the only fix was a new frame ($10,000+) or hand fabricati...
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Rebuilding Silver Shadow / Bentley T RR363 brake hydraulic accumulators
Newer RR/B cars have replaceable accumulators but the Shadow era cars were designed with rebuildable units.  The photo below shows both of them together on a 1972 engine; the accumulators were separated and located in other spots year by year. Here is a pai...
Newer RR/B cars have replaceable accumulators but the Shadow era cars were designed with rebuildable units.  The photo below shows both of them together on a 1972 engine; the accumulators were separated and located in other s...
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Interpreting engine serial numbers of Rolls-Royce Shadow era cars
This is what a rebuilt and detailed engine for a Silver Shadow looks like.  A Cloud V8 would look similar.  The later engines (Spur and onward) look a bit more finished, and they have more complex trimmings. One of the things collectors often ask is - Does ...
This is what a rebuilt and detailed engine for a Silver Shadow looks like.  A Cloud V8 would look similar.  The later engines (Spur and onward) look a bit more finished, and they have more complex trimmings. One of the thin...
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Author, photographer, auto business owner, autism advocate, speaker
Employment
  • College of William and Mary
    Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence, 2012 - present
  • Random House
    Author, Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Crown Publishers, 2007 - present
  • J E Robison Service
    Founder and Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar expert, present
  • Autism Speaks
    Science Board Member, 2009 - 2012
  • Elms College
    Adjunct faculty, Autism program, 2009 - 2012
  • SimplexGrinnell
    Engineer, 1981 - 1984
  • Hasbro
    Engineer - Milton Bradley, 1979 - 1981
  • Candela Laser
    Manager Power Systems, 1987 - 1989
  • Isoreg
    Director of Engineering, 1984 - 1987
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Amherst, MA
Previously
Amherst, MA
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Free range Aspergian; Autism Advocate. Neurodiversity advocate Author, Raising Cubby, Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. Founder, JE Robison Service of Springfield, MA. Photographer. Champion eater
Introduction

John Elder Robison is an autistic adult who writes books, restores cars, shoots photographs, teaches neurodiversity and works to shape autism research and treatment policy. He is particularly interested in improving quality of life for those people living with autism today – both autistic people and family members.

Back in the seventies, John was an engineer for Britannia Row – Pink Floyd’s sound company. Later on he created the iconic special effects guitars for KISS.  He’s the founder of Robison Service, a specialist in Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Bentley restoration. Today John is the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  John serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and he other boards for the US National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and private organizations.  Finally, he’s the co-founder of a TCS Auto Program - high school for teens with developmental challenges in Springfield, MA.

John’s books Look Me in the EyeBe Different, and Raising Cubby are the most widely read accounts of life with Asperger’s in the world. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and they are sold in 60+ countries.  His newest book – Switched On – will be published in fall 2015. John has also authored or contributed to over 100 autism-related articles in the popular and professional press.

Bragging rights
Like the example says, I survived high school and have one kid.
Education
  • Mulberry Tree School
    Nursery School, 1961 - 1962
  • The Ronald School
    Kindergarten, 1962 - 1963
  • Monarch School
    Honorary diploma, 2008
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Our sales rep was straightforward, polite and knowledgable. We went in looking for a company truck and he recommended a slightly different vehicle from what we would have chosen without his input. I think we ended up with a truck that's better for our needs thanks to him. We called several General Motors truck dealers in the area, and Central proved to be the most knowledgable and responsive. We wanted a plow, and our sales rep took care of that which was again a big timesaver as opposed to us buying the truck and taking it for a separate plow install - which is what another dealer proposed. Given that the products are the same (A Chevy truck is the same wherever we buy it) the attitude of dealer personnel was key and I give Central high marks in that regard. I appreciate that he made the whole process very simple, and no effort was made to sell us "fluff" we did't want or need. We ended up with s solid, practical truck and I look forward to it giving years of good service. just as our other company-owned GM vehicles have always done.
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I''ve gotten to know owner Mike Byer through the IATN auto community, and I've always been impressed with his integrity and desire to do a good job. If you're looking for general car repair in Asheville this place is one of the ones I'd have on my short list
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I got to know AGCO owner Louis Altazan through a manager's discussion group. His ideas about how to achieve lowest cost of automobile operation, and his adherents to Deming's principles of quality assurance are unusual and impressive in the auto repair trade. In my opinion, his beliefs and principles make AGCO a standout auto repair facility
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