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  • Clifford

    Holly and TopTenz: Do you want to use language that autistic people prefer or that non autistic people prefer? Autisitc advocates generally prefer “autistic” rather than the god awful “person first” language. Maybe you should listen to autistics rather than what your latest training workshop told you sounds nicer. A good place to start would be to research Jim Sinclair and read his 1993 essay “Don’t Mourn for Us”

    • Mary

      As an a person with a disability, an autism community advocate, someone who works in the autism community, and whose life has been affected by family with autism; the phrase “autistic” is truly a personal preference. Some individuals prefer to be called “autistic.” As a general note, it is best to use that “god awful” person first language if you don’t know how someone identifies.

      If you have met one person with autism, that’s exactly it: you’ve met ONE person with autism. Because this is a spectrum disorder, it is important to not that no two individuals display exact symptomology.

      It is important to promote treatment and cures for this community as well as empower all those who identify with having autism.

      I am glad this article sheds light on the amazing contributions these individuals have made as well as addressing stereotype about autism.

  • My name is taryn i have pervasive developmental autism i have been stugleing with mine my whole life and im still stugleing im onley 18.I would love to change the world like these people and help others with there autism i love to write its my thing i want to write a book and enspire others to know nomatter what proublmes you have there is hope.I always feel like a social wildflower i dont do well in big groups and in loud places.And when im upset i have trouble express myself and i blow up.But im a very sweet girl and i touch everyone i meet.I want others to know that just cause your different does not meen you cant make a defference it just takes time.I loved these storys and one day i hope to tell my story as well and teach others my point of view i have autism and alot of other stuff on top of it.Thanks Taryn Mckay

  • Mary

    These are just a handful of famous people with autism.

    I love that this article features them but I think the choice of labeling these individuals as “autistics” is a poor choice. Promoting person first language is of great importance in the Autism community and I would have liked to have seen more awareness regarding this topic.

  • Dorothy Wunderlin

    If these famous people who got atusim like I do I can do anything I put heart too as well without giving up hope and faith

  • Michele Newman

    I was always bullied & a silent outcast trying to follow the rules and serve others because I felt insufficient (in other’s eyes), but always knew there was something wonderfully different & special about me. God chose to wait until I’d lost everythng, including my hope & faith in humanity, to expose me for who & what I really am at age 51 — an autistic savant. I have not been successful (yet) by any means, but have been blessed with experiences, talents & the ability to see the world in such special ways that few others on the spectrum (or even Neuro-typicals) could only dream about. Enough about me, though. In the last 8 year’s as I’ve begun my new life’s journey and familiarization with autism, I feel one person who should clearly hold the #1 position did live before, and died only as Asperger’s Syndrome was being defined. To me, the greatest person who ever lived who was clearly on the spectrum was Mahatma Gandhi.