Famous autistic people in history

The Early History of Autism in America

famous autistic people in history

A look into Autism: famous people with Autism

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Though autism did not become the mainstream diagnosis it is today until well into the 20th century, it is certainly not anything new. Indeed, history is full of people who many consider to be or have been somewhere on the autism spectrum. Like the 30 people on this list. While we are well aware that retrospective diagnosis of autism is near impossible, the figures on this list have been carefully chosen. Despite the challenges associated with the identification of autism, this list is meant to be helpful and inspiring to those who themselves fall somewhere on the spectrum.

Famous Autistic People in History. Dan Aykroyd – Comedic Actor; Hans Christian Andersen – Children's Author; Benjamin Banneker – African American.
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This latter moment of misery came right smack in the month of April, which is traditionally a rough time for autistic people anyway, as they struggle with the increased volume of misconception, errors, lack of empathy and sometimes patronising comments from the wider world as World Autistic Awareness Month steams on. This bleakness is not good for the soul, though, so I got to thinking of positives that we can be proud of. One thing that stands out to me as astonishingly positive is the autistic community that has developed online, often on Twitter. Successes such as the ActuallyAutistic and AutisticAcceptance campaigns have really built momentum this year, and the increasing number of autistic voices in the media and online should really help the general public understand and empathise with how we fit into the world. The great work done by individuals and groups, such as the National Autism Society in the UK will hopefully help the more dismal statistics to improve, and I truly believe that the support network that is growing on Twitter is a game-changer: a remote, technological means of gaining human support for people who typically find such a thing uncomfortable when done in person, what a gift!

History’s 30 Most Inspiring People on the Autism Spectrum

October is Disability History Month. Colin Eldred-Cohen looks at some historical figures who may possibly have been on the autism spectrum. Admittedly, this is all speculation, since they all died before our understanding of neuroscience was advanced enough to diagnose them.

Is autism a condition that only developed recently through some change in our environment?, Although many reports are technically inconclusive due to the lack of a comprehensive history, many of them have significant evidence to at least point towards a person on the Autistic Spectrum.


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