Quin Goyer


As Interviewed by Eli Goyer, March 15, 2011
"Itís a condition, and thereís not really any denying that without lying to yourself. But itís a part of who I am, just like anybodyís conditions are a part of who they are."
Quin Goyer

Introductory Profile:

Quin is my older brother. Heís 19 and takes online courses as an honor student at Arizona State University. He spends his time either working on assignments, playing computer games, reading, watching cartoons, building models, or watching podcasts. He lives in Austin but has formerly lived in California and Connecticut. Heís been diagnosed with Aspergerís, a condition that falls under the Autism spectrum.

At first I felt awkward about the interview, having to make up twenty questions that can easily be summarized by, ďSoÖ whatís it like to be discriminated against?Ē After a while, however, I realized that my older brother would understand the task, having done several social justice projects before. Surprisingly, the interview went well, with no openly awkward replies or overly leading questions.

For years, people with Aspergerís Syndrome have been treated as antisocial and unfriendly. What people seem to not understand is that people with Aspergerís donít act differently because they want to, they act differently because social interaction doesnít come naturally to them.

Overall, I felt positive about the experience but believe that the whole civil rights movement is to be learned through people who talk about it on their own accord, rather than through those who are asked about it. There is more truth to be learned through those who speak up about their lives than most people can understand because no matter how hard you try, you canít get a whole truth from somebody who doesnít want to share it.