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 Eye, Be 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.