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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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SWITCHED ON and brain stimulation in Australia
Next week I set out for two weeks in Australia, talking about brain stimulation and the SWITCHED ON story.  I hope to see some of you there! Friday Sept 2 - Sydney 6PM Welcome dinner for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House Saturday Sept 3 - ...
SWITCHED ON and brain stimulation in Australia. Next week I set out for two weeks in Australia, talking about brain stimulation and the SWITCHED ON story. I hope to see some of you there! Friday Sept 2 - Sydney 6PM Welcome dinner for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House
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Using a closed trailer to move collector cars
Are you thinking about a closed trailer to move your collector
car to events? The first question to ask is:   Do you have a vehicle that can haul your pet
car in a trailer?   If you want to move a
full sized car it’s going to weigh 4-5,000 pounds, plus a si...
Are you thinking about a closed trailer to move your collector car to events? The first question to ask is: Do you have a vehicle that can haul your pet car in a trailer? If you want to move a full sized car it’s going t...
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What makes up the high annual costs for a vintage Rolls Royce?
What makes up the annual  upkeep costs for a vintage Rolls
Royce? When people ask me what it will cost to keep a 1980s-1990s
Rolls Royce on the road (with moderate use) I usually say it’s a middle four
figure sum, if you pay someone to do all the work. Ever...
What makes up the annual upkeep costs for a vintage Rolls Royce? When people ask me what it will cost to keep a 1980s-1990s Rolls Royce on the road (with moderate use) I usually say it’s a middle four fig...
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Leaking ABS modulators on 1990s Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars
By this juncture, wise owners of vintage Rolls-Royce and
Bentley have learned to take fluid leaks in stride.   It’s part of the charm, to keep the garage
floor lubricated.   Folks who could not
handle the leaks bought Toyotas instead. But we assume the leak...
By this juncture, wise owners of vintage Rolls-Royce and Bentley have learned to take fluid leaks in stride. It’s part of the charm, to keep the garage floor lubricated. Folks who could not handle the leaks bought Toyotas i...
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Schedule
It's hard to believe, but 2016 is passing fast, and we're booking dates for fall and winter '17.   My newest book SWITCHED ON is on sale now.  Meanwhile, I'm busy with my car business, teaching, speaking, and advocacy work as well.  There's a lot going on! ...
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Philanthropy in Autism - A New Direction is Needed
One of the things that’s seldom mentioned is the role of
philanthropy in autism.   By directing
their donations, private philanthropists have significantly shaped the
direction of both autism research and the public image of autism. In 1977, Nancy Lurie Mar...
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Thoughts on Concours Judging
At this year’s national meet of Rolls-Royce and Bentley
owners I saw the collision of modern day repair practices and the standards judges
apply on the show field.   It’s worth
thinking about this because similar situations can be found in any car line and
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At this year’s national meet of Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners I saw the collision of modern day repair practices and the standards judges apply on the show field. It’s worth thinking about this because similar situations ca...
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Thoughts on the direction of autism research
Thoughts on the role of the Interagency Autism Coordinating
Committee, from an autistic person.   Note
that the views in this essay are my personal opinions only, and not the views of the committee or any government agency.   One role of this committee (IAC...
Thoughts on the role of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, from an autistic person. Note that the views in this essay are my personal opinions only, and not the views of the committee or any government agency. One role of this committee (IACC) should be to serve as a bridge between ...
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Balance shaft failure on Mercedes V6 engines
Your check engine light comes on, but the engine in your car
seems to run fine.   What’s the worst it
can be, you ask?   That’s never a good
question, because the worst it can be, is usually pretty bad.   Perhaps a new engine, or even a new car. In this blo...
Your check engine light comes on, but the engine in your car seems to run fine. What’s the worst it can be, you ask? That’s never a good question, because the worst it can be, is usually pretty bad. Perhaps a new engine, o...
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Non Speaking Autistics and College
Thanks to everyone who joined us for William
& Mary’s summer weekend neurodiversity course.   The course was held the same weekend as the
Washington DC Pride Parade. There was a lot happening at Dupont Circle! I was thrilled to see a non speaking autistic
p...
I was thrilled to see a non speaking autistic person among the attendees. To the best of my knowledge he was the first such person to attend and take part in our neurodiversity programming. At one point, he asked, “When will colleges be ready for students like me?” He was accompanied by an aide ...
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Switched On, and Autistic Feeling
Switched On has gone on sale today, and people are already reading and talking about it. The book tells the story of my participation in experiments where Harvard neuroscientists used high-powered magnetic energy to “switch on” the ability to see emotions i...
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Diagnosing Raps in Land Rover Pushrod V8 Engines
How do you diagnose a liner or piston rap from a Land Rover
engine?   These are the most serious noises, because they call for
complete engine teardown and rebuild.   Liner noises are often confused with valve train rap, and considerable
time may be spent c...
How do you diagnose a liner or piston rap from a Land Rover engine? These are the most serious noises, because they call for complete engine teardown and rebuild. Liner noises are often confused with valve train rap, an...
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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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John Elder Robison
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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