Stephen Wiltshire – An Autistic Artist with Incredible Vision


Stephen Wiltshire’s first words were “paper” and “pencil”…..not surprising, because he is now a world-renowned artist. But what is surprising is the fact that Stephen did not say these words until he was five years old! That is because Stephen is autistic. Despite his autism, Stephen possesses an incredible gift – the ability to remember visual details and recreate them in his drawings! And that gift has enabled him to overcome his disability and inspire others with his amazing talent. Here is a video that shows Stephen in action as he draws a stunningly accurate panoramic picture of the city of Rome.

Additional Resources:

  • Check out Stephen’s website!
  • Here is another video of Stephen in action, drawing New York City!

Topics for Discussion:

  • How do you think Stephen is able to remember all the details he puts in his drawings?
  • Stephen found a positive way to overcome his autism. Is there something you struggle with that you can find a positive way to overcome?

Take Action:

  • Look around your bedroom for 30 seconds. Then go to another room and try to draw what you saw in your bedroom. How much detail were you able to draw?
  • Visit the Autism Speaks website to learn more about autism and what you can do to help others with this condition.

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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