National Institute of Mental Health Special Lecture for Autism Awareness Month Being Different: Remediating Disability While Embracing Uniqueness - April 17, 2013  
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National Institute of Mental Health Special Lecture for Autism Awareness Month
Being Different: Remediating Disability While Embracing Uniqueness
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Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Place: Lipsett Amphitheater
Building 10 (Clinical Center)
NIH Main Campus
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Map and Directions
Speaker: John Elder Robison
Agenda: The National Institute of Mental Health is pleased to invite you to attend a special lecture to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. In his talk Mr. Robison will discuss our responsibility to develop tools and therapies to reduce disability and suffering associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), while at the same time respecting the unique contribution that individuals with ASD make to society.
About the Speaker: John Elder Robison is an Aspergian who grew up in the 1960s before the Asperger diagnosis came into common use. At age sixteen, Mr. Robison left high school to join his first band as a sound engineer. Within a few years he was building equipment for Pink Floyd's sound company, touring the hockey rinks of Canada with April Wine, and creating the signature special effects guitars for the rock band, KISS. John went on to design sound effects and other circuits for some of the most popular electronic games and toys of the era before moving into more conventional engineering management. In the late 1980s, John left electronics for a new career - cars. His company, J E Robison Service, grew to be one of the largest independent restoration and service specialists for BMW, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, and Rolls Royce cars. Mr. Robison has served as a panel member for the Institute for Autism Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Autism Speaks. Since 2012, Mr. Robison has been a public member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism. Mr. Robison is involved in TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) autism research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and serves on the advisory board for Massachusetts General Hospital's YouthCare program. Mr. Robison speaks publicly about his experience as a person on the autism spectrum, and is the author of popular books about living life with autism, Look Me in the Eye, My Life with Asperger's, and Be Different, Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian.  Mr. Robison is currently on a book tour for his new book, Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives.
Webcast Live: The lecture will also be videocast and can be viewed at
Cost: This event is free and open to all NIH staff and the general public.
Registration: No prior registration is required.
Access: Metro accessible: Medical Center Metro Station (Red Line)

Parking is available at a nominal fee.  A government-issued photo-identification card (e.g., NIH ID or driver’s license) is required to gain entrance to the NIH campus.

From the North lobby entrance of Building 10:
Walk through the Atrium, passing Admissions on your right or the Pharmacy on your left, as well as several sets of elevators. Continue straight through the sliding glass doors. The Phlebotomy/EKG area will be directly in front of you. Make a left and continue down the corridor, passing the pediatric clinic on your left. Continue following the hallway as it turns diagonally to the right, then straight for a few feet. After you pass the dental clinic on your right, turn right into Lipsett Amphitheater.

From the South lobby entrance of Building 10:
Walk down either the hallway to your left or the hallway to your right. When the two hallways converge, you are standing in front of Masur Auditorium. Pass main elevators and turn right onto the North corridor. Walk by Medical Records, and then turn left at the second hallway. Lipsett Amphitheater is straight ahead.
Contact Person: NIMH at
(301) 443-6040
Please Note: NIH has instituted stringent security procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitors must enter through the NIH Gateway Center. This center combines visitor parking, non-commercial vehicle inspection and visitor ID processing, all in one location. The NIH will process all visitors in vehicles or as pedestrians. You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection and will be asked to state the purpose of your visit. Visitors over 15 years of age must provide a form of government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. All visitors should be prepared to have their personal belongings inspected and to go through metal detection inspection.

When driving to NIH, plan some extra time to get through the security checkpoints. Be aware that visitor parking lots on the NIH campus can fill up quickly. The NIH campus is also accessible via the metro Red Line, Medical Center Station.

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Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Contact Person listed on this notice,

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