Renowned adult with autism and author of “Look me in the Eye”, “Be Different” and more, John Elder Robison, will be the featured speaker. After a difficult and diagnosed childhood, John was able to eventually have careers in rock music, high tech, and specialty auto, and was officially diagnosed with ASD in his adulthood.
Since then, he has become active on boards and committees of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, Autism Speaks, and a number of universities and colleges, and with legal, ethical, and social issues relating to autism and advocacy.
John Elder Robison’s works include Be Different(2011), a how-to guide for grownups with autism; Raising Cubby (2013), the story of raising his autistic son; and Switched On (2016), about his participation as a research subject in brain studies.
Robison is active in the autism civil rights movement and is a strong supporter of neurodiversity – the idea that autism and ADHD are a natural part of humanity, essential for our success, and should be honored and accepted even as we work to relieve any disability they may cause.
Copies of his books will be for sale at the event.
In 2012 Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius named John to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.
For more information go to the website or contact office