Types of Readings and Presentations Available
Autistic Ways of Being: Have you ever wanted to learn
about autism from someone on the autism spectrum? Are you curious how
they might explain the behaviors, emotional experience, relationship
dynamics, strengths and struggles common to those on the spectrum? This
is your chance. Sparrow Rose Jones begins by discussing aspects of
autism from the perspective of their lived experience as well as the
combined experiences of their many Autistic friends of all ages and a
wide range of skills and support needs. The material addressed can be
tailored to suit the needs of a variety of audiences such as parents,
teachers, students, or other professionals. Potential topics can
include, but are not limited to, emotional regulation, anxiety,
depression, meltdowns and shutdowns, peer relations, teaching
strategies, communication, sensory differences, independent living,
forging a meaningful life, and more. After speaking for a while on
topics relevant to the particular audience, Mx. Jones will initiate a
generously extended question and answer period in order to ensure that
of the audience have been as thoroughly addressed as possible.
- Living on the
Autism Spectrum: An Insider's Perspective: Hear Sparrow
Rose Jones read selections from their writing, followed by a short
Session. Readings vary from session to session and can be selected to
address a variety of broad themes including but not limited to Autistic
identity, vulnerability to predators and poverty, opening space for a
child's potential through overcoming fear of autism, and more. Readings
can range from politically-charged disability rights activist readings
to emotional readings that humanize the struggles many people on the
spectrum face, to inspirational and encouraging readings or a
combination of these different themes. Depending on the questions that
arise after the reading, topics discussed can include emotions,
anxiety, overload, overwhelm, overstimulation, peer relationship
dynamics, empathy, managing communication, sensory differences,
independent living strategies, and more.
and Addressing the Unmet Needs of Adult Autistics: Sparrow
Rose Jones reads excerpts from their book, The ABCs of Autism Acceptance,
addressing three major social issues that are problematic for a large
percentage of Autistic adults today: violence
and abuse, poverty, and access to healthcare. The readings include both
statistics of the current conditions and an examination of causes and
steps required to address these violations and injustices. After the
reading, a Q&A session opens discussion about any number of
related to these three problems or other issues audience members have
identified as relevant.
- Autism and
Circadian Rhythms: While
30% to 40% of the general population experience serious sleep
disruptions and disorders, an estimated 75% of the Autistic population
struggle with chronic sleep issues, with a noted predisposition for
circadian disruption. Standard treatments for circadian rhythm
disruptions include bright lights and other sensory assaults that are
extra difficult for Autistics to adhere to. Sparrow Rose Jones
discusses the biological mechanisms of sleep, using accessible layman's
terms, so that Autistics and their families can understand enough about
sleep and circadian rhythms to adapt the standard treatments for their
own situation and sensory needs.
Session: This can take many different forms. A Q&A
Session can be a brief consultation with a small group seeking an
Autistic perspective on a project or community need. It can involve
sitting as a member of a panel -- either all spectrum members
or a mixed panel -- addressing a variety of autism-focused topics. Mx.
Jones particularly shines in Q&A and recommends it as a
component of nearly any presentation. Sometimes a pure Q&A
session with no preceding reading or presentation is exactly what a
situation or event requires.
- September 25, 2016 - Waynesboro,
for Autistic Community Conference. Presenting on
Autism and Circadian Rhythms.
Contact Sparrow Rose Jones to invite them to appear in your
area. A loose travel itenerary is always available on the index page of this
- February 13, 2016 -
Asheville North Carolina, Keynote Speaker, 3rd annual Autism
and the Pursuit of Happiness conference, hosted
by Empower Autism.
- January 25th - February 1st, 2016
- Austin, Texas, multiple sessions at University of Texas, Austin.
- November 19, 2015 -
Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University, Living on the Autism Spectrum.
Sponsored by Parent-to-Parent Family Support Network - High Country,
and High Country Families on the Spectrum.
- November 17th, 2015
- Boone, North Carolina, Autism Society of North Carolina Appstate
Chapter interest group meeting. Short essay reading.
- November 17th, 2015
- Boone, North Carolina, Private Discussion and Q&A sessions
two Appalachian State University (Appstate) classes, both titled "UCO
1200 Autism: A Broad Spectrum."
- November 16, 2015 -
Boone, North Carolina, Understanding
Autistic Ways of Being, twin sessions: one hour of
addressing school personnel and other educational professionals
followed by one hour of addressing parents of spectrum children.
Sponsored by Watauga County School AU Problem-Solving Team, The
Innovative Approaches Initiative, Parent to Parent Family Support
Network - High Country, and High Country Families on the Spectrum.
- November 16, 2015 -
Boone, North Carolina, Brief
Q&A Session, Autism Subcommittee
Innovative Aproaches Initiative.
- November 14, 2015 -
Asheville, North Carolina, What
Are You Going to Do Next? A reading of selections from No You Don't, The ABCs of Autism Acceptance,
and other writings, followed by a book signing. Firestorm Café and
- November 13, 2015 -
Asheville, North Carolina, Autism
Acceptance: Understanding and Addressing the Unmet Needs of Adult
Autistics. Open reading, sponsored by the UNCA Psychology
department and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS).
- November 12, 2015 -
Asheville, North Carolina, Private Discussion and Q&A session
with a University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) class.