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Famous People With Autism Who Were Successful - April National Awareness Month For Autism

Health & Wellness  (tags: autism, National Autism Awareness Month, Asperger's, PDD-NOS, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Oth )

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The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970. The aim of this month is educate the public about autism. People will autism have set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same.


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Animae C (507)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 6:46 am
T.Y. for posting Dandelion

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 6:48 am
Other famous people not listed with the article but are suspected to have had one of the autism spectrum.

Amadeus Mozart

Mozart reportedly had repeated facial expressions and unintentional constant motion of his hands and feet It was also believed that Mozart’s hearing was very sensitive and intense and loud sounds made him feel physically sick. Other reports indicate that he was excessively active. Mozart was unable to carry on an intellectual conversation and existed in a careless and reckless way with impolite and frequent mood changes. It is reported that one day, Mozart was particularly bored and jumped up and hurdled over tables and chairs, meowed like a cat and did somersaults. Mozart’s letters indicated a presence of echolalia which may be a way of communicating for autistics.

Sir Isaac Newton

Newton was very quiet and not very good at ‘small talk’, or typical day to day conversations. He was extraordinarily focused on his work and had a hard time breaking away. He was often so focused that he forgot to eat during these times of intense focus. This is a trait very commonly found in autistics and this extreme focus often blocks out other things that would likely capture an individuals attention. Newton was not good at keeping or making friends as he did not appear friendly, nor did he know how to talk with individuals he did consider to be friends. Newton also relied strongly upon routines. For example, if he had been scheduled to give a lecture, that lecture was going to happen whether there was an audience or not.

Charles Darwin

Prof Michael Fitzgerald conducted research on Charles Darwin, and supplied numerous facts supporting his theory that Darwin was autistic. Fitzgerald stated that Darwin was a solitary child, and even as he grew to be an adult, avoided interaction with people as much as he could. He wrote letters often, but did not often partake in face-to-face communication. Writing letters was his preferred means of communication. This is similar to other autistics who adopt other ways to communicate that vary from direct speaking. Darwin collected many things and was very intrigued by chemistry and gadgets. This fixation on certain topics and objects is another characteristic often seen in autistic people. He was a very visual thinker, as many autistic people think spatially and visually. Fitzgerald describes Darwin in this article as, “a rather obsessive-compulsive and ritualistic man”. Together, these characteristics seem to point to the conclusion that Darwin most likely had some form of autism.

Thomas Jefferson

There is speculation that Thomas Jefferson, the third president and writer of the Declaration of Independence may have been autistic or have Asperger’s syndrome. Norm Ledgin, author of Diagnosing Jefferson, indicates that Jefferson was shy, had an inability to relate to others, had difficulties in public speaking and was sensitive to loud noises. Also, similarly to Einstein, Jefferson had a difficulty with his finances. Although he kept an accurate record of all of his transactions, he died in debt. He also had an obsession for remodeling his home and was very eccentric. Jefferson had some “abnormal” tendencies including wearing slippers to important meetings and always having a mocking bird that sat on his shoulder to keep. This mock bird may have been an effort to keep him calm during social interactions. Unfortunately, due to a fire, there are no records of Jefferson’s childhood. Therefore, it is difficult to determine whether he may have had delayed speech or display any earlier signs of autism.


Michelangelo’s artistic genius may have been a symptom of autism. Two doctors, Dr. Arshad and Professor Fitzgerald said, “Michelango’s single-minded work routine, unusual lifestyle, limited interests, poor social and communication skills and various issues of life control appear to be features of high-function autism or asperger’s syndrome.” Michelangelo had obsessional behavior, a fiery temper, and the propensity to be a loner which could be signs of autism. Michalengelo was also obsessive and followed repetitive routines. If he did not follow these routines, it would create great frustration. Michelangelo has been described as strange, without affect, and isolated, as well as being “preoccupied with his own private reality.” These characteristics may point to a diagnosis of autism and may have helped him become the creatively artistic individual he is famous for.

And a more current person Susan Boyle

A church volunteer with Asperger Syndrome who has become a global star in the music industry. Boyle shot to fame on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. A devout Catholic who lived on welfare handouts, she became an overnight sensation after her rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical Les Miserables went viral on the internet.

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 8:32 am
very interesting, thank you

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 10:45 am
Thank you Sheryl

Mandi T (367)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 5:43 pm
Noted TY

Freya H (358)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 6:17 pm
And me! :D

I have embraced my autism and made it work for me. Without autism, we would probably still be living in the proverbial caves.

Diane K (134)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 6:53 pm
Thank you Dandelion, interesting

. (0)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 9:00 pm
Thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 9:28 pm
Great Comment Freya

S J (130)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 9:48 pm
i couldn't write nor speak well till about 9 years young. teachers said i m dump, they maybe right--poor Pirate. thank you Dandelion

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 11:42 pm
Also Sheldon Cooper and me. TY.

Lynn Carin (410)
Tuesday April 14, 2015, 11:50 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 2:47 am
Thank you for sharing

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 3:18 am
Thanks for posting this Sheryl.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 3:48 am
Thank you for sharing, dear Dandelion!

Got this on my daily click list:

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 4:16 am
Amazing article. I had no idea. Thank you very much for sharing.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 4:35 am
thx, indeed VERY interesting. I wonder who else out of the "more recent" /current individuals may enter the history books in this sector.. bet US Congress will prove as quite some repository ;)

Rhonda B (99)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 7:45 am
Amazing article. My son has Autism. Thank you Dandelion.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 1:06 pm
Thanks Freya, I did know this, as you had mentioned it on some other thread awhile back. I agree, the ones who Walk to the beat of a different drummer are the one's that get society to look at things in a new way that they had not perhaps thought of before.

Monika K (13)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 1:11 pm

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 7:19 pm
Fame does not come to all of us autistic types. Thanks for the article. Attention must be paid in order for understanding to arrive.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 7:26 am
No more than fame comes to all who are not autistic. However, to break the stereotype that all autistics are lost in some "other world" is not correct either. I just wanted to portray some famous names and their accomplishments to see, that those who fall within the autistic spectrum can be successful and even be game changers.
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