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It's hard to believe, but we're already booking dates for fall '18. SWITCHED ON is in development as a film.  Meanwhile, I'm busy with my car business, teaching, speaking, and advocacy work as well.  There's a lot going on!
Would you like to bring me to your college or conference? If so, contact Tom Gagnon or Sally Itterly, my speaking representatives at The Lavin Agency. Do you want to set up a program in your elementary, middle, or high school? I handle those directly; write me at

Discovery Science Channel
I was profiled in an episode of INGENIOUS MINDS on Discovery Science. The show is rerun with some frequency; check the Discovery Science Channel website for details.  Meanwhile, you can watch it here on YouTube

Want to hear me talk about SWITCHED ON?
Check out this interview on NPR Here and Now

Read about SWITCHED ON in this NY Times review

Listen to Terry Gross, Alvaro Pascual Leone and me talk about TMS and Switched On, on Fresh Air

Feb 28-Mar 1, Marathon, WI
Marathon Country Special Education conference

Mar 6, Putney VT
Landmark College - student and staff sessions

Mar 12 - Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Mar 14 - Williamsburg, VA
Neurodiversity class and office hours

Mar 24 - Woodstock, VT
Woodstock Book Festival (runs Fri-Sun, tickets required)

Mar 26 - Williamsburg, VA
Neurodiversity class and office hours

Apr 3 - Longmeadow, MA
Bay Path University - public talk

April 17-18 - Boston, MA
Autism Biomarkers Clinical Trial meeting

April 19 - Bethesda, MA
Meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

April 24, New York, NY
Join me for Landmark College's Champions of Change gala at Bryant Park Grill

May 9-11 - Rotterdam
International Society For Autism Research annual conference (formerly IMFAR)

Jun 9-10 Washington DC
William & Mary summertime neurodiversity course (registration on

July 20-22 Williamsburg, VA
William & Mary summer bridge program

Oct 9, Livermore CA
Private event at Lawrence Livermore National Labs


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

For the past four years I’ve been privileged to work with Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone and his team of scientists to explore autism and the brain. They are using high power magnetic fields to reach inside our minds to unravel some of the mysteries of how we think. The technique they use is called TMS, for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

In my case, the result of some TMS experiments has been truly life-changing. I credit TMS with fundamentally altering the way I see and engage other people. My strong belief in the power of TMS is solidly based on my own experiences in the lab.

TMS uses the principle of induction to deliver tiny amounts of energy to precisely targeted areas of the brain. It’s done by placing a handheld electromagnet against the scalp and pulsing it with energy. The resultant magnetic field reaches into the brain, where it induces tiny electrical currents in the threads of brain cells, or neurons. That energy can enhance or inhibit the functioning of areas as small as 1% of our total brain mass. The process itself is really quite simple, but figuring out where and how to deploy it… that is the great mystery.

The TMS Lab is part of the Berenson-Allen Center for Non Invasive Brain Studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

I invite you to read more about the lab on their own website, and on my blog. If you are interested in participating in any of our studies you can write Lindsay Oberman, PhD.

The Monarch School

Monarch is a private school for kids with neurological differences. People have moved across the country to place their kids in Monarch’s calm environment. I met the folks at Monarch when I spoke there in late 2007. That visit sparked a collaboration that continues to this day.

John Barone and the crew (faculty and students both) wrote the Teaching Guide to Look Me in the Eye, and we are working together now on a guide for Be Different.

Google and Project Spectrum

Since early 2008, I have been a strong supporter of Google and their Project Spectrum initiative. The folks in Google's Boulder, Colorado office are using Sketchup to help autistic people express their ideas via shapes and designs on the computer.

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