Voices From the Spectrum #24: Chloe Rothschild on Autism and Humanity
Chloe Rothschild is a writer, presenter, and advisory board member for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. Chloe works to teach about autism from her perspective to help others understand it better, so they can, in turn, help others like her who have autism more effectively. This week Chloe shared with us a bit about her mission and what she hopes others understand about autism.
What supports did you receive when you were younger?
I received special education services, and various therapies such as occupational therapy, etc.
What do you think is the most important issue autistic teens face? How can their families help them address this?
This is a hard question. I want autistic teens to feel like they are not alone. I do not want them to feel like they are the only one who deals with the struggles that they are facing. Families can help by teaching individuals about their own autism and letting them be around other individuals with autism if the individual with autism desires to do so.
What have your teachers done to support you that was especially helpful?
I’ve had amazing teachers. My teachers did many different things that were helpful in supporting me. A big one is listening to me, following my lead.
In what ways do you have to advocate for yourself today?
I advocate for myself in the world of adult services and by stating my wants, wishes, likes, dislikes, hopes, and dreams.
What topics are you most often asked to speak about?
My journey with autism/autism from my perspective. This can cover behavior, sensory, communication etc.
What is your favorite topic to speak about? Why?
My favorite topic to speak about is probably both communication and sensory differences. Communication, because there is so much more to communication than just being able to talk, you have to know how to converse and use the language that you have in a helpful and meaningful way. I enjoy teaching people about both my experiences with sensory differences and communication.
What is one thing you wish more people understood about autism?
I wish more people understood that people with autism are people. They are all different. They have hopes, likes, dislikes, dreams, wants, wishes, and goals for their lives. That people with autism want to be understood and accepted. That we want to be treated with respect. It may take some patience and time to understand us and get to know us, but we have so much to teach the world.
You can connect with Chloe at her website or on Facebook: