University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

34 Years of Research on LEAP Preschool: Outcome Data, Lessons Learned, and Inclusion

Growing Up Different: Living with Autism

John Elder Robison

New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's; Neurodiversity Scholar-in-Residence, The College of William and Mary

John Robison

John Elder Robison is an adult with Asperger Syndrome who’s best known for his New York Times bestselling book, Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s. His second book, Be Different, describes Asperger’s syndrome as a difference - not just a disability - and offers practical advice for parents and educators. His latest book is Raising Cubby, the story of a dad with autism raising a son on the autism spectrum. John evolved from a child with significant social impairments to a successful father who runs a multi-million dollar car specialty shop and his own photography business. His life has certainly been unique from designing guitars for KISS and toys for Milton Bradley to identifying children with autism and harnessing the best from those with an autism diagnosis. Currently, John is a scholar in residence at the College of William and Mary and is co-founder of TCS Automotive Program in Springfield, MA - a special education high school program that teaches automotive trades to at-risk teens. He is also a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, he sits on the Advisory Board for the Center for Secondary Education for Students with Autism, a U.S. Department of Education initiative aimed at improving outcomes of high school students with autism by identifying and applying the latest evidence-based practices.

Presentation overview
This presentation describes John Robison's experience growing up with Asperger’s at a time when differences like his were unrecognized. After finding success as an adult he began helping others see strengths where others see disability. John’s wife Maripat will join him to talk about family and romantic issues.

Educational objectives
As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the strengths of individuals with ASD and capitalize on those to support their quality of life
  2. Explain those characteristics which interfere with an individual's ability to be socially engaged
  3. Describe the family and romantic issues facing individuals with ASD

Time-ordered agenda

8:30-10:00 Growing up with Asperger's Syndrome
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-12:00 Capitalizing on the strengths of individuals with ASD
12:00-1:15 LUNCH
1:15-3:00 Managing family and romantic issues with faced with ASD (John & Maripat Robison)

Mr. Robison is employed by The College of William and Mary, Psychology Department. Disclosures: Financial: Honoraria from the University of Vermont for travel and speaking at this conference; royalties from Random House, New York for the following memoirs/guides: Look me in the Eye (2007), Be Different (2011) and Raising Cubby (2013). Non-financial: Mr. Robison is an individual with autism and he has a son with autism; member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, US Department of Health & Human Services; member of the advisory board for the Center for Secondary Education for Students with Autism; member of the steering committee for ICF Core Sets project, Autism (World Health Organization); member of various research, ethics and autism committees for US National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

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