I put down fifteen people living with autism. Some of them I’ve known from TV, films, music, books, and articles. Some have been misdiagnosed with autism. They live life to the fullest.
1. Matthew Labyorteaux
Matthew Labyorteaux was known as Albert Quinn Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie from 1978 to 1983. He also started in other characters like The Red Hang Gang and Whiz Kid. He generally worked as a voice actor. He was diagnosed with autism as a youngster. He was told that he might never lead a normal lifespan. Look at him now he’s had a normal life working as an actor.
2. James Durbin
James Durbin is a singer and guitarist. He was recognized in the tenth season of American Idol. He landed up in fourth place on that show. He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as well as Tourette syndrome when he was nine years old. He’s married and has two youngsters.
3. Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who looked as a contestant on Britian’s Got Talent in 2009. She impressed everyone by her singular voice. Her first album was issued in November 2009. It was the number one best-selling album on charts around the world. She has also released more albums. Susan was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2012. On December 2013 she progressed to her diagnosed public.
4. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah is a film actress for over thirty years. She has been over forty feature films. She was known in Blade Runner, Splash, Steel Magnolias, and Kill Bill. She managed some other work as well. She finds out a few years back that she has Asperger syndrome. Daryl often rocked back and forth to comfort herself in uncomfortable situations. As a child she was recommended that she holds to be institutionalized and medicated.
5. Courtney Love
Courtney Love is a musician, actress, and visual artist. She prolific in the punk and grunge scenes as a frontwoman of Hole in the 1990s. She got a fixer in alternative music. At age nine Courtney was diagnosed with mild autism.
Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. At age two she was formally diagnosed with ‘brain damage’. She was urged to be institutionalized. She later found out she has autism. She receives three different degrees at three different colleges and became an activist for autism. She also takes in some honors like Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category. She appears in media programs and in the focus of a semi-biography HBO film entitled Temple Grandin.
7. Tim Burton
Tim Burton is a film director, producer, author, and artist. He worked in many films like Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, and Alice in Wonderland. Tim hasn’t been formally diagnosed with autism, but he identified with the term. His now ex-wife Helena Bonham Carter informally diagnosed him with Asperger syndrome.
8. Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd is an actor, comedian, film writer and musician. He was known on Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brother and Ghostbusters. He was nominated in the 1990 Oscars for best supporting actor in Driving Miss Daisy. In a radio interview he describes himself on having Asperger syndrome as well as Tourette syndrome.
9. Alexis Wineman
Alexis Wineman was named Miss Montana 2012. She acquired the “America’s Choice” award at the Miss America 2013 pageant. She’s the first autistic contestant to fill in for the Miss American pageant. At age eleven, Alexis was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified). Her autism doesn’t define her.
10. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein is a theoretical physicist. He acquires the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. He received awards like the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. According to the experts, Albert may have suffered from a type of autism.
11. Heather Kuzmich
Heather Kuzmich is a fashion model. She was the fourth runner-up on America’s Next Top Model. At age fifteen, she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Communication was her struggle. On America’s Next Top Model she was bullied by some of the other competitors. It was actually rude to do that. After America’s Next Top Model she signed on to Elite Model Management. She plans on moving to New York to persuade modeling.
12. Donna Williams
Donna Williams is a writer, artist, singer-songwriter, writer and sculptor. Her famous works are Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic Girl, Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism and Like Color to the Blind: Soul Searching and Soul Finding. Donna was diagnosed with autism in 1991. She’s a qualified instructor, international public speaker and autism consultant.
13. Kim Miller
Kim Miller is an artist. She’s been producing artwork at age three-in-a-half years old before she could functionally speak. Her study was featured in five publications, including Apples in Cheyenne and The Girl Who Speak with Pictures: Autism Through Art. Kim was diagnosed with “classic” autism in 1991.
14. Satoshi Tajiri
Satoshi Tajiri is a video game designer. He was best known as the creator of Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise and the founder of video game developer Game Freak, Inc. He’s an avid fan of arcade games. He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, according to both Western and Japanese reports.
15. Matt Savage
Matt Savage is an autistic savant musician. He was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder at age three. At six years old, he taught himself to read piano music. He discovers jazz and classical music. He obtained many awards for his music.