Born in Nebraska and raised in California since the age of three, J.R. has been a freelance writer for over twenty years. His work has appeared in more than thirty different magazines, a dozen newspapers, scores of websites and a handful of “How Did We Do today?” Comment cards.
The proud owner of an award-winning purple goatee and the creator of award-winning blogs in the past, he moved to from LA the Ozarks in August of 2017 soon after created, Not Weird, Just Autistic to highlight his life growing up, “Off the spectrum,” in an age before there was a diagnosis of autism, or Asperger’s and to advocate for those like him. In February 2019 he began the 2019 Missouri Partners in Policymaking class, a nine-month intense developmental disability advocacy training program.
You can’t imagine how much the lack of sensory overload just getting out of California has changed his life for the better.
Growing up he regularly heard words and phrases such as weird, odd, stupid, dumb, idiot, lazy, not living up to potential and other phrases too colorful to list here, these insults were hurled by teachers, classmates, peers, coaches and eventually employers.
His self-esteem in the toilet all his life from all the negativity, He was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s/high-functioning autism at the age of forty-six.
High school and college are tough years for neurotypicals but throw in the challenges that kids on the spectrum face and it can be a train wreck waiting to happen. J.R. wants to help high school and college students get through this critical period in their life without feeling alone, unwanted and broken, along with adults, the forgotten ones when it comes to getting help. He’s creating the Teen2Life Transition program to meet these needs.
He has one book out, with another two on the way. An Asperger’s Guide to Dating Neurotypicals: P.S. It Works For Married Couples Too, is on Amazon, Kindle with autographed copies at no extra charge on my website, http://www.jrreedauthor.com. One more will be out in 2019 with a third following in 2020.
Along with his autism service dog, Tye, they are looking for opportunities to advocate for the high functioning autistic adult and teen and to speak as much as possible to groups of teens, college students, and adults, both with Asperger’s and without. Though technically defined as a disability, J.R. believes that autism is simply a different way of viewing and relating to life and wants to educate those that don’t understand what we go through on a daily basis.
If you would be interested in having J.R. speak to your group, please use the form below to contact me. I can tailor the talks to church groups as well.
Find J.R. Here:
Taney County Culture and Health Initiative
Greene County Inclusion Council
Stars 4 Autism
Christian County Links
Missouri Partners In Policymaking