John Elder Robison to speak on autism at ...
NEWS | January 3, 2017

John Elder Robison to speak on autism at upcoming UC Davis MIND Institute lecture


New York Times bestselling author and advocate John Elder Robison will speak on “Life with Autism” in a free public lecture on Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

John Robison

Robison is the latest speaker in the 14th season of the UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series, which features nationally and internationally-recognized researchers, authors and advocates in areas such as autism spectrum disorder, fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Robison will share his experience of living with Asperger Syndrome,  a subtype of autism. Fascinated with electronics from an early age, Robison went on to design special effects guitars for the rock band KISS, work as an engineer for a toy and game company and an electronics firm, and finally establish a highly successful luxury car repair company. 

Robison is the New York Times bestselling author of “Look Me in the Eye,” “Be Different,” “Raising Cubby” and the recently-released “Switched On.” His books have been translated into 20 languages and are sold in more than 75 countries.

Robison is currently the neurodiversity scholar in residence at the College of William and Mary, and serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which produces the autism strategic plan for the U.S. government. He also serves on the steering committee for the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) core set for autism.

A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the lecture.

The UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. For more information on the Distinguished Lecture Series, please visit

To interview John Robison, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or email her at