The explosion of autism awareness, thousands of new diagnoses, and the emergent neurodiversity movement create myriad challenges and opportunities for public schools, colleges and universities. As a recognized leader in the autism community I am ready to help your institution meet those challenges head on while recognizing and seizing the many opportunities autism awareness may present.
You've heard of my professional development workshops, and my popular school and college lectures. Did you know I also consult?
There are three key areas where my services may be valuable:
- Helping public schools manage the range of special needs students, and helping schools fine tune services and programs for optimal post-school outcome;
- Helping colleges and universities formulate plans to include and accommodate students on the autism spectrum;
- Helping colleges developing programs to train tomorrow’s clinicians and teachers in light of the explosion of autism diagnoses and knowledge.
Autism has already had a major impact on public schools. It’s presented boards of education with one of the biggest budget challenges of modern times. I help districts get the most value for a budget while still exceeding current levels of service delivery.
In the years to come autism awareness will touch every single subject taught in college today, and shape all of them in subtle ways. Engineering colleges will recognize the learning differences and creative abilities of their many students on the fringe of the autism spectrum. Criminal Justice majors will learn how to react when they encounter people with autism in the field, and how to engage those people successfully, with respect and compassion. Business majors will learn to accommodate a newly emergent subgroup of future employees and customers.
However, not every teenager with autism is or should be college-bound. For some it may be time to return to the trade school model of high school education. That’s something I am very familiar with too.
Every year, more and more students enter college with awareness of their own difference. Are you ready to accommodate them, and shape your programs to ensure they are happy and successful? Schools will face a bewildering array of accommodation requests from students, parents, and advisors. I can help make sense of it all.
The diagnosed ASD population is increasing in size and visibility every year, as the latest estimates show it affects more than 1% of the population. 1 in 54 males are on the spectrum. With each new semester colleges are enhancing programs to recruit and accommodate students on the spectrum; and they are training the clinicians, teachers, counselors, and others who will serve that population tomorrow.
When it comes to optimizing that process of accommodation and program development, my skills and qualifications are unique in the field. I can help put your school at the forefront, and keep it there.
- As a successful adult with autism I have a unique first-person perspective. I see autism and diversity related issues from the inside. I combine that view with my autistic way of thinking to find unique and innovative solutions.
- My books, articles, and lectures have made me one of the most widely known autistic authors and speakers in the world. That recognition and respect opens many doors when I go to work.
- As a committee member for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health I am at the cutting edge of science, education, and policy formulation.
- My service for private foundations gives me particular insight into the future of ASD services as delivered through schools and the health care system. I’m on top of the latest news in autism science, treatment, and policy.
- My connections to business and academic leaders, advocacy groups, scientists, educators, and government put me in a unique position to connect my clients with the best possible people and resources.
- Thirty-plus years experience in business has given me a sense of what works, what doesn’t, and how to get things done.
- My ability to speak out in the media and through my writing gives me the ability to promote the organizations I work with and spread the news of their achievements and accomplishments
Now, it’s time to take the next step. Can I be of service to you? Feel free to pass my name along to a colleague in need, or contact me to discuss your own organization’s needs. I’m firstname.lastname@example.org
John Elder Robison is an autistic adult and self advocate. He’s the author of four books – SWITCHED ON, RAISING CUBBY, LOOK ME IN THE EYE, and BE DIFFERENT. He’s the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at The College of William & Mary in Virginia, and a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He serves on many other boards and committees. He lives in Western Massachusetts.