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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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Bentley and Rolls-Royce – yesterday and tomorrow
Today’s Rolls-Royce and Bentley are competitors, and that’s
how they began, early in the 20 th century.   Rolls-Royce started out first, in 1904.   Bentley was founded fifteen years later in
1919.   Both companies grew and prospered
during the boom years af...
Today’s Rolls-Royce and Bentley are competitors, and that’s how they began, early in the 20th century. Rolls-Royce started out first, in 1904. Bentley was founded fifteen years later in 1919. Both companies grew and prospe...
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Rebuilding a Crewe Bentley or Rolls-Royce V8 engine
We are often asked what goes into rebuilding one of the V8 engines from Crewe.  These are the motors that powered Bentley and Rolls-Royce motorcars from 1965 through the separation of the companies in 2003.  A derivative of this engine is still used in some...
We are often asked what goes into rebuilding one of the V8 engines from Crewe. These are the motors that powered Bentley and Rolls-Royce motorcars from 1965 through the separation of the companies in 2003. A derivative of t...
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Mexico or Bust - Autistic High Schoolers Build Vintage Bentley Race Car
Here’s how it all began In the fall of 2013, New York ad executive Tom Webster came
to our shop with a dream on four wheels . . . a run-down but running Bentley
Continental R.   I just bought it, he told
me.   Can we make it run right, and make
it special, ...
Here’s how it all began In the fall of 2013, New York ad executive Tom Webster came to our shop with a dream on four wheels . . . a run...
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Autistic High School Students Race Vintage Bentley Across Mexico!
How about that for a headline?  With the help of our friends at Bentley Motors, we are about to make those words a reality . . . Many of you already know about my childhood struggles with
school, and autism.   Today autism is one
of the things that makes me...
How about that for a headline? With the help of our friends at Bentley Motors, we are about to make those words a reality . . . Many o...
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What do worn brakes look like?
I am often asked what worn brakes look like, when looking through the slots in the wheel. Can you tell from outside, or does the car need ot be put on a lift and have its wheels removed. Here is a rule of thumb. Look at my finger pointing to a brake pad ...
I am often asked what worn brakes look like, when looking through the slots in the wheel. Can you tell from outside, or does the car need ot be put on a lift and have its wheels removed. Here is a rule of thumb. Look at my fi...
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The Value of Oil Filtration
Everyone knows that oil filters are supposed to trap
particles that might otherwise damage the engine.    In a modern engine the passages that carry oil to the bearings
are typically between one-tenth and one-quarter inch in diameter, which means
that a goo...
Everyone knows that oil filters are supposed to trap particles that might otherwise damage the engine. In a modern engine the passages that carry oil to the bearings are typically between one-tenth and one-quart...
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Rebuilding the vintage Lamborghini V12 - the famed Countach power plant
 At Robison Service we are privileged to work on a great many truly extraordinary cars.  This vintage Lamborghini is a good example. The Lamborghini Countach is one of the most iconic sportswear designs in the world, and is lauded as the first Supercar.  Th...
At Robison Service we are privileged to work on a great many truly extraordinary cars. This vintage Lamborghini is a good example. The Lamborghini Countach is one of the most iconic sportswear designs in the world, and i...
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#MexicoOrBust - 3,000 Km in a vintage Bentley racer with an autistic crew
Here’s how it all began In the fall of 2013, New York ad executive Tom Webster came to our shop with a dream on four wheels . . . a run-down but running Bentley Continental R.    I just bought it, he told me.    Can we make it run right, and make it special...
Here’s how it all began In the fall of 2013, New York ad executive Tom Webster came to our shop with a dream on four wheels . . . a run-down but running Bentley Continental R. I just bought it, he told me. Can we make it...
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Deep pressure vests - a soothing idea
Are you comforted by squeeze or steady pressure? Readers of my book Look Me in the Eye will recall my chapter
about sleeping in piles, where I talk about how it’s comforting to have the
weight of another person or a pile of pillows on me when I rest.   My f...
Are you comforted by squeeze or steady pressure? Readers of my book Look Me in the Eye will recall my chapter about sleeping in p...
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Trustworthiness Versus Credibility in Auto Repair
A lot is said about trust in the context of auto
repair.   While trust is important, I
think it’s often confused with credibility.   Consider this common scenario: A motorist drives into a shop for a diagnosis of his check engine
lamp.   The car runs fine. ...
A lot is said about trust in the context of auto repair. While trust is important, I think it’s often confused with credibility. Consider this common scenario: A motorist drives into a shop for a diagnosis of his check eng...
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The Election, and the Morning After. What next?
What now? In the aftermath of this election there is some celebration but for others there is tremendous angst, fear, and unrest. The election map shows what a bubble those of us in the northeast and west coasts live in relative to the rest of the country. ...
What now? In the aftermath of this election there is some celebration but for others there is tremendous angst, fear, and unrest....
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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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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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Gender
Male
Other names
John Elder Robison
Work
Occupation
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
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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reviewed 2 years ago