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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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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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Suction Throttle Valves and other vintage Rolls-Royce AC troubles
If you have a 1965-1976 Rolls-Royce or Bentley, and you have
weak air conditioning the problem may be in your suction throttling valve.   If your air conditioning can’t be adjusted –
whether it’s on weak or full blast – the suction throttle valve is likely ...
If you have a 1965-1976 Rolls-Royce or Bentley, and you have weak air conditioning the problem may be in your suction throttling valve.  If your air conditioning can’t be adjusted – whether it’s on weak or full blast – the su...
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Dangers of Genetic Engineering in the Forest
NEW JERSEY MAN KILLED IN QUEBEC MAPLE SUGAR EXPLOSION – that
is a headline you will never see, but tragedies like that happen every year.
Yet the news is suppressed because no one wants to kill the cash cow.   The result: one unsuspecting innocent after
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Hahaha, funny story John!
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Autism in India and America
What’s the most interesting difference between Indian autism
and American autism?   I think it’s the
way parents and others perceive it. Indian and American scientists both lament the low level of
scientific understanding in their respective countries.   Wh...
In American we have a secular culture of blame. “Someone did me wrong” is an all-pervasive theme in our culture. We interpret everything from the behavior of other countries to the conduct of ex-spouses through that lens. When it comes to “interpreting autism,” that thinking has spawned toxic ...
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Have you heard about Neli Latson?
He’s a young man with Autism and Intellectual Disability who
has been incarcerated since August 2013 as a result of behavior that results
from his disability.   He has been held in
solitary confinement for most of that time and is presently at a Virginia st...
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How upsetting this made me cry so, sad I will write a letter to plead for his release. I must try to believe in some forms of advocacy as a victim.
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High Functioning People Like You Don’t Speak for My Child!
That is a very common and unfortunate objection to essays describing life on the autism spectrum.   I heard (or read) quite a bit of
that in response to my recent column in the MIT Technology Review .   The words seemed to come most often from
parents who f...
That is a very common and unfortunate objection to essays describing life on the autism spectrum. I heard (or read) quite a bit of that in response to my recent column in the MIT Technology Review. The words seemed to come most often from parents who felt their kids have more major challenges ...
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Please keep advocating. I understand what you're saying. My son wants me to stop fighting for him because he doesn't want to be labelled, but he sees how successful and intelligent you are so it doesn't bother him quite as much as it might have. He has learned that being different is not a bad thing, but he does not want the extra help in college even though he has genius qualities and flunked his first semester of college. It's very frustrating that he is so intelligent and he can't show it. Don't know how to remedy this problem, but I totally appreciate you speaking out for my son to educate people. Even most educators have no clue, and I wish all teachers were manditorily required to be educated about autism. Perhaps they do that for teachers who will be special educators, but that's not good enough. Children who are different are mainstreamed into the regular classrooms, and those teachers have no clue how to teach the autistic. I know for a fact this is true because I've lived through it with my son all of his school years. I have been a public school teacher and have taught autistic children with no formal training. They were my best students because I was so fascinated with their special talents once I found them. You have been me strength and given me hope. I've learned so much from you and don't think I could have been able to fight so hard for my son without the knowledge you have given me. I thank you for that and am forever grateful to you for being our voice.
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What’s MSSNG in #Autism?
Me, at age 2. Even then, I was #notmssng (c) John Elder Robison Yesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed
– Mssng. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an
immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the le...
Yesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – Mssng. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion - I thought, Missing? Certainly not.
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Fixing oil leaks on British Motorcars
Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars are renowned for their
ability to leak oil.   They do so from
orifices, joints, and sometimes through seemingly solid metal.   Today I’d like to show you how we address
crankshaft oil leaks at the front of the engine.   A R...
Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars are renowned for their ability to leak oil.  They do so from orifices, joints, and sometimes through seemingly solid metal.  Today I’d like to show you how we address crankshaft oil leaks at ...
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This was fascinating, John. Thanks for the post!
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Should Autism be Celebrated?
The James River shoreline, near Williamsburg, VA (c) John Elder Robison Autism is a neurological difference that’s associated with
some gifts and a great many disabilities.   For a person to be diagnosed on the autism spectrum, they must have
significant im...
Autism is a neurological difference that's associated with some gifts and a great many disabilities. For a person to be diagnosed on the autism spectrum, they must have significant impairments as a result of autism. We may have gifts too, but disability remains the basis for diagnosis.
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An Exceptional Final Series Azure
The Bentley Azure was the last of the Crewe-designed and
built cars.   They were derived in the 1990s from the Continental coupe, which was in turn spawned from the Turbo R, their most successful design of the modern era.   All of these cars were special,
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The Bentley Azure was the last of the Crewe-designed and built cars.  They were derived in the 1990s from the Continental coupe, which was in turn spawned from the Turbo R, their most successful design of the modern era.  All...
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When rust spots blossom on rust free collector cars
What do you do when your collector
car sprouts rust spots in the middle of the hood – an area that had no previous sign of damage?   If you’re a restorer with an inquisitive
mind, you find out why it happened.   That’s what we did when this show-winning 196...
What do you do when your collector car sprouts rust spots in the middle of the hood – an area that had no previous sign of damage?  If you’re a restorer with an inquisitive mind, you find out why it happened.  That’s what we ...
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When Heat Fails Us
This is the time of year when we
depend on heat in our cars.   For most of
us, the heat delivers on its design promise.   For a few unfortunates, though, it doesn’t.   The mechanic checks the coolant level, and
makes sure the thermostat is working as it sho...
This is the time of year when we depend on heat in our cars.  For most of us, the heat delivers on its design promise.  For a few unfortunates, though, it doesn’t.  The mechanic checks the coolant level, and makes sure the th...
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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
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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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