Event Details
Tuesday, Februray 28th
7:00pm

The Benefits of Being Different

In this talk, John Elder Robison describes how the differences of autism and ADHD can disable us as children even as they confer powerful competitive advantages upon us as adults. Through poignant examples from his own life, Robison shows how traits that crippled him as a child actually facilitated some of his greatest accomplishments as an adult. He shares a new way to look at disability, difference, and giftedness, and offers a different paradigm for educators, parents, and neurodiverse people.

John will also reveal why companies should take an active role in hiring the neurodiverse, and navigates the benefits and pitfalls for both employer and employee.

Anyone who is personally affected by autism, Asperger’s, or ADHD will find this talk illuminating and inspiring.

This course is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Course approval #:012417-02.

John Elder Robison

John Elder Robison grew up with Asperger’s Syndrome, and was undiagnosed until the age of 40. He nevertheless lived an incredible life. A leading voice on autism, he implores audiences to find strengths where others see weaknesses.

John Elder Robison has been a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and he serves on other boards for the US National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and private organizations. He’s co-founder of a high school program for teens with developmental challenges in Springfield, MA.

In his younger days Robison worked as an engineer for KISS and Pink Floyd’s sound company, and worked on some of the original electronic games at Milton Bradley. Later on, he founded J E Robison Service—a restorer of Land Rover, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes motorcars.

Robison’s books Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby are the most widely read accounts of life with Asperger’s in the world. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and they are sold in 60+ countries. Robison has also authored or contributed to over 100 autism-related articles.