WELCOME TO YOUR HOME FOR AUTISM AND THE AUTISTIC LIFE
Thanks for finding your way to my humble corner of the autism community. We aim to facilitate encouragement, support, and education through connections with others who feel as passionately as we do about accepting and valuing everyone equally, including those who are autistic, other Neurodivergent individuals and their families..
What is Not Weird Just Autistic?
Not Weird Just Autistic is my creation to celebrate autism and neurodiversity and becoming a self-advocate.
I was diagnosed ten years ago at age 46 and walked out of my psychologist's office and thought, "I'm not weird. Just autistic." I didn't know it at the time, but that phrase would shape the next chapter in my life.
Since turning to self-advocacy I've been lucky enough to meet and become friends with other amazing self-advocates and had many opportunities I thought I would never have. I write not only for the Not Weird Just Autistic blog but am also a regular contributor to The Mighty, Medium, and Different Brains. I've also been blessed with the opportunity to speak to dozens of groups, including at the Missouri State Capitol to 1,500 advocates and self-advocates and to almost 4,000 via Zoom. I've also moderated several panels on autism.
My new web show, Not Weird Just Autistic TV, is on the Autism Broadcast Network YouTube channel and I co-host a weekly Facebook Live show called Mental Health Happy Hour. Both shows are available to watch and to listen to the podcast. Follow the AUDIO/VIDEO navigation at the top of the page.
Other projects are in the works. Subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the page to stay in the loop!
Where To Find J.R.
He also co-hosts the web TV show Mental Health Happy Hour Live, with PTSD and Bi-Polar advocate Jason Cottom.