The author in front of a brick wall

[image description: A white transmasculine person with short dark hair is wearing a stylishly rumpled burgundy shirt and glasses while standing in front of a brick wall and gazing off to the side in an attempt to look mysterious and authorial. Photo copyright 2016, Maxfield Sparrow]

I’m Max Sparrow (formerly Sparrow Rose Jones) and I’m Autistic.

I write and speak to Autistic adults, in solidarity and with the message that you are not alone and you are not broken, and to family and mentors of Autistic children, because I don’t want the children of today to spend tomorrow going through the things I lived through yesterday.

My second book, The ABCs of Autism Acceptance (2016),  from Autonomous Press, is an exploration of neurodiversity, acceptance, and Autistic culture. Where my first book, No You Don’t: Essays From an Unstrange Mind (2013), approached autism from the personal perspective of my lived experience, ABCs expands that view, pulling together ideas, quotes, and information about the Autistic community at large.

the author smiles

[image description: The same white transmasculine author from the previous photo is wearing the same burgundy shirt along with jeans and a black leather belt with a steel buckle. He is standing at a presentation podium and smiling at the photographer. photo copyright 2016 Dr. Evelyn Chiang]

In addition to my own books, my work appears in the anthologies Typed Words, Loud Voices (2015) and The Real Experts (2015), both from Autonomous Press, as well as in an anthology from the Autism Women’s Network, What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew (2016). I write free-lance for publications like NOS Magazine, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, and Rooted in Rights.

I am also an artist, composer, and public speaker. I travel the U.S. in a minivan with Fermat the Wonder Cat, seeking adventure and spreading the apple seeds of autism acceptance.