J.R. Reed, an autistic self-advocate with an award-winning purple goatee, runs the blog Not Weird Just Autistic from a log cabin in the Missouri Ozarks.
Known 'round the world for focusing on teens through late-diagnosed adults, A.K.A., The Forgotten Ones, J.R.'s mission is four-fold.
Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, in-person events have mainly gone by the wayside for now. J.R. has spoken to groups as small as 25 and as large as 1,500 in the rotunda at the Missouri State Capitol.. He has brought that experience online to keep educating people about autism, Neurodiversity and issues involving these subjects.
He can do presentations, teach classes, or facilitate Zoom discussion groups on a variety of topics. for any size crowd.
" After hearing JR Reed speak at Disability Rights Legislative Day, his inspiring story has really stuck with me. He would be a great inspiration for our attending youth! I’d really like to reach out to him and see if he’s interested in participating during our virtual event and possibly future events.
Governors Council on Disability
J.R. is able to speak on a number of topics and will work with you to put on the perfect presentation for your individual group, company or organization. Though not limited to this list, here are a few topics J.R. has spoken on.
Autism Is My Superpower
Throughout his school years J.R. was called, "Weird, Stupid," and, "lazy," by his teachers, who also told him he would never live up to his potential. As a junior. his high school journalism teacher told him to give up writing because he could never do it.
More than 150 articles in over than thirty national magazines, pieces in dozens of daily newspapers, scores of websites, a wildly successful parenting blog, and now this website prove she was misinformed. Bullied most of his life, things transformed for J.R. the day he received his Asperger's diagnosis at age 46. Everyone on the spectrum has some kind of superpower, you just have to learn to tap into it.
No tights required. Cape optional.
Dump the Puzzle Piece
It's time we had a new symbol--a symbol that better represents who we are.
We are NOT puzzles that need to be put back together the correct way. We are not poorly formed neurotypicals.
We're perfectly created autistic people.
People find us puzzling. Well, we find NT's to be puzzling as well.
People are starting to see us differently. Shouldn't our symbolism reflect that?
What is Neurodiversity and what is it to be Neurodivergent? Are these fad buzz words or are they part of our new language?
I'll explain the differences between Neurotypical & Neurodivergent and the benefits of a truly neurodiverse society, including how those of us with brains that are differently wired can help your business, social group and friendships.
NT + ND = Neurodiversity
J.R. is honored to be considered for developmental disability advisory positions at both the state and federal levels. Nothing is official yet, but keep checking back, or better yet, subscribe at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know.
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