AUTISM DIAGNOSIS IN “FAMOUS” PEOPLE

I heard this morning that Robin Williams might have been on the Autism Spectrum. While I can’t actually confirm Mr. Williams was on the Spectrum, the more I think about it…the more it makes sense. Having seen his stand up and his eccentricity in movies and how he flails around, to me, it seems legit.

Of course, when people think of Autism, they think of Temple Grandin. And while Temple does have Autism and is quite prevalent, I think she is maybe a little overhyped. Yes, she is the poster child of Autism, and is really successful, but people need to focus on other individuals who have also contributed to society.

Dan Aykroyd is another person who is on the Spectrum. He actually credited his Autism and Asperger’s diagnosis to helping him to come up with GhostBusters. I have to say, while it is a stereotype that people with Asperger’s can only focus on one thing at a time, it is partially true. Dan’s obsessions were on law enforcement and ghosts, which led to possibly the greatest ghost movie from the 1980s. “Who Ya Gonna Call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” is iconic in movie history.

I mentioned the stereotype of people with Asperger’s and Autism only focusing on one thing at a time. For me, it is a semi-truth. I focus intently on one thing from time to time. Writing is a prime example of this. I focus on my writing and trying to get through to people and, when focused, can seem distant if someone interrupts me.

Keep in mind while reading this: I AM NOT DIAGNOSING AUTISM!!!!!!!!! A lot of this is speculation, especially with the Robin Williams example. People seem to diagnose prolific people with Autism constantly. This, in my opinion, might seem damning to people who actually have the diagnosis. I think the more people are wrongly diagnosed, the more tarnished the Autism diagnosis becomes. People can be idiots…period. That’s it. Autistic or not, people can be very one-sided and not see other perspectives.

I think it is bullshit that people assume idiotic people have Autism or something “wrong” with them. People on the Spectrum are far from idiotic. They merely see things in a different light. I bring my perspective to people and try to get them to see my perspective. Whether that is a success is yet to be seen, but God knows I am trying.

Contrary to what some people believe, people on the Spectrum are not “dumb” or “stupid”. They actually, more often than not, have a higher IQ than the average person,

So what do you think of famous people being diagnosed with Autism or, antiquated as the diagnosis is, Asperger’s Syndrome? Thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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