TU celebrates neurodiversity with John Elder Robison

Renowned author will share his experience living with Asperger’s syndrome

John Elder RobisonTOWSON, Md. (April 11, 2012)—Towson University will honor Autism Awareness Month with “Living with Asperger’s: A Celebration of Neurodiversity,” a lecture by best-selling author John Elder Robison.

The event will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the West Village Commons Ballroom.

Robison was diagnosed at age 40 with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder most often distinguished by difficulties in social interaction, atypical use of language and repetitive patterns of behavior. Despite these challenges, many with Asperger’s are highly intelligent, with no debility in cognitive development, curiosity or the ability to take care of themselves.

Proof of this, Robison is the author of the New York Times-bestseller, “Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s,” which documents his childhood with undiagnosed Asperger’s. The book was published in 2007 and to this day remains the most widely read memoir of life with Asperger’s.

His second book, “Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian,” published last year, was written to support young people on the autism spectrum. In it, he encourages readers to see strength where others may see weakness.

Robison has had a varied and successful career, in which he has designed games for Milton Bradley and guitars for KISS. Last year, Robison was profiled by Ingenious Minds on the Discovery Science Channel.

He is active with the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, Autism Speaks, and a number of universities and colleges. When Robison isn’t speaking, he spends his time with his family and his business, Robison Service, which specializes in the repair and restoration of high-end European automobiles.

This is a ticketed event. All persons attending must obtain a ticket from the University Union Ticket Office. Tickets for TU students, faculty and staff are free of charge; general admission for community members is $8. Tickets may be purchased in person from the ticket office in the University Union or by calling 410-704-2244.

For more information, contact Disability Support Services at 410-704-2638.






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