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
Pretending to be normal. That's how John Elder Robison spent much of his time before being diagnosed, at the age of forty, with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. In his illuminating memoirs Raising Cubby and Look Me in the Eye, he writes about overcoming his limitations to lead a successful life, and offers his keen insights into the irreducible strangeness of the human mind and the irrepressible strength of the human spirit.
His tales of parenting and his adventures with his own Aspergian son are totally unique.
The world was introduced to John Elder Robison in a memorable chapter from Running with Scissors, the bestselling memoir by his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs. Since then, he's been a regular feature in his brother's subsequent bestsellers. Now, with Raising Cubby, Look Me in The Eye and Be Different, Robison presents his own fascinating and darkly funny look at growing up with Asperger’s during a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist, and with no inkling of how to pass for normal.
Throughout his childhood, Robison could not connect with other people; instead, he found comfort in machines, which became his best friends. After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, he got a job with the rock band KISS, using his savant-like abilities to create their famous fire-breathing guitars. He later worked as a toy designer at Milton Bradley and held a number of other engineering and executive positions, before founding J E Robison Service Company, a renowned European car specialist.
At his speaking engagements, John will talk about his life as an undiagnosed free range Aspergian. He’ll offer his insights into how people with autism think, feel, and respond to others. He’ll talk about his recent experiences, including his advocacy work, his work with schools, and his participation in ground-breaking research. John also talks about his work with the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Science Board of Autism Speaks, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.
Raising Cubby, Look Me in the Eye and Be Different are published in the USA by Crown, an imprint of Random House. Outside the US, John's writing has been translated into over twenty languages and his books are sold worldwide.