John Elder Robison
John Elder Robison is the author of Switched On; Raising Cubby; Look Me in the Eye, My Life with Asperger’s; and Be Different - adventures of a free range Aspergian. John’s books are sold in a dozen languages in over 65 countries.
Robison is the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and an advisor to the Neurodiversity Institute at Landmark College in Putney, VT. He's a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services and has served on review boards for the Dept of Defense, National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. He is an active speaker and advocate for people on the autism spectrum. Robison grew up in the 1960s before the breadth of the autism spectrum was fully understood, so he was not diagnosed until age 40. After dropping out of high school, he worked in the music business where he created sound effects and electronic devices, the best known of which were the signature guitars he built for KISS. Later Robison worked on some of the first video games and talking toys at Milton Bradley. After a ten year career in electronics he founded Robison Service, a specialty automobile company in Springfield, Massachusetts. Robison is an avid hiker, a photographer, a music lover, and a world-class champion eater.