Welcome to my Medium page! My name is J.R. Reed and I founded Not Weird Just Autistic back in 2012 as a way to deal with my recent autism diagnosis, to help people on the spectrum realize they’re not alone, and to teach neurotypicals that we aren’t failed people. …

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For over 80% of my life I felt like I was walking alone. Not in the religious sense, but alone in that I had no one around me who understood me. Especially me before I was diagnosed with Asperger’s,

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This piece mentions suicide. If that’s a trigger for you, please choose from some pieces that wont be triggering.

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The drums, bass, and turntable come in to round out the sound.

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We all have goals in life. When it comes to writing for Medium, we definitely have goals.

I joined Medium in September, posted a handful of pieces, but nothing much. Then I took all of November off and picked up again on December 15. …

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We’ve all failed. Some fails were epic, while others were simply stumbles in the road. I work full time as an autism self-advocate; writing, speaking to groups as large as 4,000, as well as podcasting and live streaming.

I’ve stumbled along the way and some of my failures were hardly…

Not Weird Just Autistic

J.R.Reed is a late-diagnosed autism self-advocate who writes, speaks, podcasts, and livestreams. He’s also an Autistic Life Coach. www.notweirdjustautistic.com

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