When you don’t know something and you want to know more about it, you start to research.
And you want to know who else out there is like you. We all do that. And we also need to look up to others we can admire.
If there is one thing an Asperger or anyone on the Autism Spectrum will feel… is a bit by himself.
He might be happy to be alone. But not always. And certainly not when he feels rejected.
So, I found this page on facebook that made my son and myself feel much better about being different. And that made him feel he wanted to be “like him” for many names on the list.
Doesn’t mean all Aspergers would be a next leader or a genius or come up with world peace recipes. But, can’t one be proud? And don’t start tagging Asperger = Genius. He or She doesn’t need it and if he or she is, you will know soon enough ;-)
Read theses names out loud and look at how they helped the world. Give yourself a boost if you have been labelled “different” in any way.
And if not, just read the list and think about what normal and different means to you. Don’t be sceptical (like how can you tell Asimov was an Aspi because back then they did not tag it that way…). Just think about how this person could have been NOT so “normal” in a daily life. And think about how you judge who is not “normal” arround you today.
Some of the Celebrities With Asperger’s Syndrome, and High Functioning Autism:
Peter Howson, Luke Jackson, Heather Kuzmich, Virginia Woolf, William Shakespeare, Hans Christian Anderson, Goethe, Isaac Asimov, Craig Nicholls, Gary Numan, Tim Page, Dawn Prince-Hughes, Vernon L. Smith, Satoshi Tajiri, Raymond Thompson, Liane Holliday Willey, Michelle Dawson, Temple Grandin, Caiseal Mor, Hikari Oe, Dylan Scott Pierce, Jim Sinclair, Amanda Baggs, Lucy Blackman, Alonzo Clemons, Tony DeBlois, Christopher Knowles,Leslie Lemke, Jonathan Lerman, Jason McElwain, Thristan Mendoza, Tito Mukhopadhyay, Derek Paravicini, Kim Peek, James Henry Pullen, Matt Savage, Birger Sellin, Henriett Seth, Daniel Tammet, Richard Wawro, Stephen Wiltshire, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Harry Truman, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Elvis Presley, Peter the Great, Wilhelm II, Alexander the Great, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jeremy Bentham, Socrates, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Charles Dickinson, Jane Austen, Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Bruckner, Henry Cavendish, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Kaspar Hauser, Oliver Heaviside, Thomas Jefferson, Carl Jung, Franz Kafka, Wasily Kandinsky, H P Lovecraft, Ludwig II, 1845-1886, King of Bavaria, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gustav Mahler, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Strauss, Nikola Tesla, Henry Thoreau, Alan Turing, Mark Twain, Vincent Van Gogh, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Isaac Asimov, Hans Asperger, John Denver, Glenn Gould, Jim Henson, Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hughes, Andy Kaufman, L S Lowry, Charles Schulz, Andy Warhol, Woody Allen, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Joseph Erber, Bobby Fischer, Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jeff Greenfield, David Helfgott, Garrison Keillor, John Motson, John Nash, Keith Olbermann, Michael Palin, Keanu Reeves, Oliver Sacks, James Taylor… And you can add many more…
They might not actually have that exact diagnostic… Bet were they judge for being weird? How real is their contribution to the world?
List from the facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1400989670148#!/group.php?gid=16490500293&v=wall
I also Found this site : Famous People with Asperger Syndrome or Similar Autistic Traits http://www.asperger-syndrome.me.uk/people.htm