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11 Famous People with Autism
Do you know someone with autism?
These are the top 10 famous people with autism. ( Plus 1)
Autism is a disorder that affects the senses and how the brain works. People with autism have trouble with social interactions and have sensory issues.
If you are autisitic, or know someone who is, then you can consider yourself as a part of a very important and special group of people.
But in case you don't believe me, here are some famous people who have autism!
1. Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin is the Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, autistic individual and autism advocate. She is the author of at least 9 books, some of which are about livestock and animals in general and the rest are about autism.
Before Temple's first book "Emergance: Labeled Autistic," was published in the 80's, very little was known about autism. It was thought that if a person was autistic, they were "trapped inside their mind" with no way of ever getting out. Temple Grandin proved them wrong!
There is also a movie about Temple Grandin that originally showed on HBO and is now out on DVD. Claire Danes does a remarkable job playing the part of Temple! If you know anyone with autism, I highly recommend reading any of her books!
Temple Grandin Movie starring Claire Danes - This is such a wonderful movie!
Buy the Temple Grandin Movie Here
24 hour rental of the movie through Amazon Instant Video for $3.99.
The actual, physical DVD. I've seen some of the used ones as low as $7.00!
Buy your books by Temple Grandin here:
I'm about halfway through this book and it is AWESOME!
This will be the next book in my Temple Grandin Collection.
Another highly recommended book by the good Dr. It's never too early to teach your child life skills!
2. Albert Einstien
March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955
Physicist and Mathematician
Nobel Laureate for Physics 1921
Although we can never be truly sure because Einstien is gone now, many people believe that he was autistic. It has been reported that he did not speak until he was 3 years old and even then was not fluent with his language until the age of 9.
In addition to this, he has been observed as being rather eccentric, and a loner which are also characteristics of people on the autism spectrum.
Einstein published more than 300 scientific works and more than 150 non-scientific works. In 1999 Time magazine named him the "Person of the Century", and according to Einstein biographer Don Howard, "to the scientifically literate and the public at large, Einstein is synonymous with genius."
More on Einstein
3. Matthew Laborteaux
Matthew Laborteaux was adopted into the Laborteaux family when he was 9 months old. He was born with autism and he also had a hole in his heart. His most well known role is as Albert Quinn Ingalls from "Little House on the Prairie."
His other rolls are mostly guest appearances on lots of different television shows.
Some of them include:
The Bob Newhart Show
The Love Boat
Simon and Simon
Highway to Heaven
Night Court and Silk Stalkings.
He doesn't really work in front of the camera anymore. But these days he's done a lot of voice over work in all kinds of movies!
Films and Memorabilia of Mathew's
4. Daryl Hanna
Daryl Hannah was "blacklisted" from Hollywood because she suffered from Asperger's Syndrome.
But before you start a fight over discrimmination, please understand that she was terribly socially shy.
She did not like to go to talk shows, premiers or award cerimonies because it was so painful for her to do so.
She has admitted to almost ruining her career right from the beginning because she was terrified of doing promotions that involved talking to lots of people.
It is quite difficult for someone on the spectrum to engage in most social sitations and being famous can be extremely difficult.
I love movies; I love the fact that a movie can open your heart to someone else's reality. Daryl H.
Films with Daryl Hannah
5. Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin definitely displayed autistic behaviors. An excrpt from The London News.net:
According to Prof Michael Fitzgerald of Dublin's Trinty College, Darwin had an extraordinary attention to detail but "had difficulties with social interaction."
"Asperger's syndrome gave Darwin the capacity to hyperfocus, the extra capacity for persistence, the enormous ability to see detail that other people missed, the endless energy for a lifetime dedication to a narrow task, and the independence of mind so critical to original research," he added.
Prof Fitzgerald believes that Darwin was a solitary child, and his emotional immaturity and fear of intimacy extended to adulthood.
"Darwin had a massive capacity to observe, to introspect and to analyse. From adolescence he was a massive systematiser, initially of insects and other specimens which he catalogued. He had a tremendously visual brain.
"He spent eight years studying barnacles, and wrote books on his observations of earthworms and even his own children. He was a rather obsessive-compulsive and ritualistic man.
6. Sue Rubin
Autistic individual and author of Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone, Sue Rubin is a highly intelligent autism advocate and speaker who, at one time, was considered to be retarded as well as autistic.
She was introduced to Facilitated Communicacation (FC) - a method of communication where she could type her thoughts - when she was 13 years old and it was discovered that she was not retarded at all but so highly autistic that she had trouble expressing herself.
These days, Sue is a college student at Whittier College in California and when she is not doing her schoolwork, she travels to autism/special ed conferences around the country doing presentations and keynote addresses.
Films About Sue Rubin and Autism
7. Donna Williams
Donna Williams is the author of many books, some autobiographical, some text books on the autist spectum. They include:
--Like Color To The Blind,
--Autism; An Inside Out Approach,
--Autism and Sensing; The Unlost Instinct,
--Exposure Anxiety; The Invisible Cage,
--The Jumbled Jigsaw.
She also has been the subject of documentaries, and the film "Nobody Nowhere." She is also an artist, screenplay, lecturer, consultant, singer, songwriter and performance artist.
A Collection of Books by Donna Williams
8. Arman Khodaei
Arman Khodaei is a high-functioning autistic adult who has written a book, A Boy in Wonderland, about his experience growing up on the autism spectrum. He is in the process of getting it published.
Arman is a public speaker who is teaching others about what it's like to be autistic and is working to raise autism awareness through his speaking engagements, blogs, and his YouTube series called Insights from an Autistic where he teaches people further how to communicate with autistic people.
Autism In Love - Sizzle Reel
The Importance of Self Respect
A very good entry in Arman's Vlog called Insights from an Autistic on YouTube
9. Dylan Scott Pierce
Dylan Scott Pierce is an autistic artist who is world famous for his work. And oh yeah, he's been doing this since he was a teenager!
He was born in 1986 and at the age of 12, discovered that he was a genius at painting with watercolors. In 2007 he began using oil paints and was just as talented using them.
He prefers painting pictures of wildlife and "he has received local and national media attention. He has been profiled on National Geographic Today (2002), Wildlife Art Magazine (May/June 2003), Featured on QVC (April 2003-2004), Teen People Magazine (April 2005), and other organizations, December of 2004 kicked off Dylan's partnership with Busch Gardens." -- Wikipedia.
10. Michelle Dawson
This is most of the information I could find ABOUT Michelle Dawson, Taken from Wikipedia:
"Michelle Dawson (born 1961) is an individual diagnosed with autism and an autism researcher. She has written a paper challenging the ethical and scientific foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based autism interventions. She also challenged the medical necessity of ABA for individuals with autism in the Supreme Court of Canada in Auton v. British Columbia, 3 S.C.R. 657. Dawson's work has generated considerable controversy. In the mid 2000s, Michelle Dawson joined Laurent Mottron's research team.
Dawson says that most scientists try to determine how autistic brains are broken, but Dawson thinks it would be more useful to try to determine how autistic brains work rather than how they are broken.
She has collaborated with Dr. Laurent Mottron to publish research papers, with Dr. Mottron estimating that Dawson contributes about 20% to the finished product.
But you can check out her website here:
11. Eric Duquette - This was so wonderful!
This young man graduated in 2010 and gave a wonderful, inspirational and funny speech about his time in college.
A group of genuis people
So if you have autism, I want you to feel great about yourself! You are in the company of some great people who are, or have already, changed the world! If you know someone with autism, be considerate, treat them with the respect they deserve, and do your best to understand them. Autistic people are wonderful and will touch your heart like no other.