John Elder Robison bios

This is the brief bio used for literary events as of 2017: 

John Elder Robison is an autistic adult who grew up undiagnosed and wild in a world of machines.  At 16 he was lord and master of a small tractor and a CDC3600 computer.  By age 20, he’d moved on to more sophisticated devices, and found himself in jail on a small Caribbean island. At 21, he was the engineer for KISS, where he designed their signature special effects guitars.  In search of greater challenges, John went on to design systems for underground nuclear tests, which led him to establish a business restoring fine motorcars. He is currently the Neurodiversity Scholar at The College of William & Mary, a Visiting Professor of Practice at Bay Path University, and an advisor to the neurodiversity initiative at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

John is the author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and Switched On.  He has appeared on a number of radio and television shows, and written numerous essays including the definitive work on Noises in Land Rover Engines, and a fine monograph on autistic Polynesians colonizing the southwest Pacific. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Maripat and an Imperial Chinese War Pug.

This is the brief bio on my blog essays:

John Elder Robison is an autistic adult and advocate for people with neurological differences.  He's the author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and Switched On. He serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept of Health and Human Services and many other autism-related boards. He's co-founder of the TCS Auto Program (A school for teens with developmental challenges) and he’s the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a visiting professor of practice at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  

The opinions expressed here are his own.  There is no warranty expressed or implied.  While reading this essay will give you food for thought, actually printing and eating it may make you sick.


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