We seem to have an endless procession of interesting cars here . . . it's what we do.
JB: Sounds like fun! What can you tell our readers who might be interested in learning more about autism and Asperger's, John?
JER: Well, if they want to know more about autism in general, they can go to the websites of the Autism Society of America and Autism Speaks. One of the best online communities for people on the spectrum is WrongPlanet.net.
If they want to know what happened after Raising Cubby ends . . . check out NY Times reporter Amy Harmon's excellent ebook - Asperger Love.
They can find me at johnrobison.com and on Facebook and Twitter and my blogs on Psychology Today and Blogger.
Our car company is online at RobisonService.com.
John at the shop by courtesy of the author
JB: Great! I just read on your blog that you are opening up a trade school at your car dealership. What was the impetus for that, John?
JER: I can't tell you how many times parents have asked me if I know of a program where their ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] kids could learn the automotive trade. People have even offered to apprentice their kids to me in hopes I could teach them. I've always wanted to help but I didn't have the resources. Until now. This summer I have partnered with Northeast Center For Youth and Families and we are preparing to open a school for at-risk teens right here in our auto complex. We plan to begin with automotive vocational training and hope to expand to other vocations in the following years.
Right now we are waiting on inspection and approval from the state Dept of Education-stand by for news on my blog and website.
Here's a CBS tv news clip that answers that story.
JB: I can't wait to hear how the program goes. It sounds fabulous! What would you like to add before we wrap this up?
JER: I'm sorry, I don't really know how to answer an open ended question like that.
I thank you for putting this interview together. And I appreciate the support of all the folks out there who read my stories and buy my books. To a large extent the sale of my books makes it possible for me to volunteer my time for causes like this, and I appreciate that readers make that possible. At this moment I am working on my fourth book, which will tell the stories of some scientists working to change the workings of the mind, and my strange journey as I accompany them.