Rogers's Thoughts on Autism:
Will is eager to
share his thoughts on autism. Here he answers some of the most asked
questions about growing up with autism. Please feel free to contact
Will with any questions you might have.
you think autism should be treated? Why or why not?
No. We don't need treatment! We just need opportunities to be around
people like ourselves and to be accepted! However, with non-verbal
and low-functioning people, speech therapy, etc. may be useful.
Independence skills should also be taught.
you think autism can be cured (eliminated) in a person?
I think many
independent skills can and should be taught, but in general, trying
to make autistic people neurotypical is out of the question.
some of the strengths that you have that are a result of having
autism. Name strengths that you have observed in other people who
have autism or aspergers.
I am very good
at day-date calculations; I can memorize entire travel itineraries;
I could recite most of the screenplays from "The Wizard of
Oz" and "Charlotte's Web" when I was a kid; I knew
all 64 Crayola colours when I was five; and I have a very good ability
to understand other people with special needs and people who are
troubled. I have also known other people with Aspergers who have
amazing abilities not common in neurotypical people and I have seen
strong compassion in some of these people.
you think children with autism should be mainstreamed , i.e. put
into a class with neurotypical children? If so, should they have
a resource room with resource workers to go to during part of the
day? Or should children with autism be put in only with other children
is an issue of contrasts for children with special needs. With some
children, mainstreaming can be very beneficial, especially if they
have teacher's assistants to help them; with other children, mainstreaming
can be very negative. This all depends on the individual. Therefore,
I think there should be a variety of choices. There should be mainstreaming,
special classes, special schools, and resource rooms.
were the difficulties you as an autistic person experienced in school?
teachers, bullying (particularly in Grade Eight and part of Grade
Seven, and part of high school), assignment instructions that were
not straightforward, and rejections by my friends and peers.
difficulties have you experienced as an adult?
in getting stable, rewarding employment; few or no opportunities
to be around people like myself (I have very little in common with
are some things autism societies could do for adults with autism?
I think they
could have social groups (NOT social skills groups!) for adults,
as well as children, with high-functioning autism. I also think
they could have directories for these kinds of people.