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An index of content creators and performers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which includes both classical autism and conditions such as Asperger's Syndrome that are grouped together with classical autism under the ASD label as per the revised diagnostic criteria and categorizations included in the 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and the 2022 edition of its international equivalent, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10).

Note that because of the nearly ten-year gap between the DSM-5 and the ICD-10, the term Asperger's may still be used by sources published during this period. The term may also still be used by older individuals, if only due to the greater familiarity of it. However, the term 'autistic' is now preferred by many regardless of initial diagnosis, in part because the namesake of Asperger's syndrome, Hans Asperger, handed over multiple autistic children to the Nazis during The Holocaust. Most autistic people also reject 'person-first language', i.e. they prefer to be referred to as an 'autistic person' rather than a 'person with autism,' as the former is viewed as better encapsulating autism's all-encompassing nature.

There is debate on the validity of self-diagnosis, although this is generally accepted by those in the autistic community; however, we wish not to exclude those individuals. We do ask to note if the diagnosis was given by a doctor and/or psychiatrist or if they are self-diagnosed, if that information is available.

We ask to please please please not list anyone that has not stated themselves that they are autistic, unless confirmed to be professionally diagnosed, or otherwise definitively and unambiguously described as such, by family or other loved ones, or speculate on anyone here.

Also see Autism in Media.

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    Artists and Animators 

  • Asperger's Are Us are a comedy troupe consisting entirely of people with Asperger's. An eponymous documentary film was made about them.
  • Bethany Black, English stand-up comedian and actress, was diagnosed with autism in 2018.
  • Scottish comedian Fern Brady announced on her Twitter that she was diagnosed as an adult.
  • Australian stand-up comedian Hannah Gadsby was diagnosed with autism as an adult and discusses the condition in her show Douglas.
  • Barry Humphries, Australian comedian known for his Dame Edna Everage persona, revealed in 2017 that he had Asperger's.
  • British-Filipino comedian Ria Lina has been open about her diagnosis of Asperger's. She also has multiple qualifications, including Experimental Pathology, Forensic Science and a PhD in viral bioinformatics and has worked as an IT forensic investigator for the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Tig Notaro, American stand-up comedian and actress, has mentioned being autistic on Twitter.

    Directors and Producers 

  • Jazmin Bean, English musician and social media personality, has mentioned having Asperger's.
  • Nick Bertke, South African-Australian musician known for his work in the plunderphonics genre under the name Pogo, revealed he has Asperger syndrome and bipolar disorder in 2018 in response to backlash for a homophobic live-stream from two years earlier.
  • Björk, Icelandic art pop singer-songwriter, stated in a 2011 interview that she believes she may be "semi-autistic".
  • Black Gryph0n, an online musician and voice actor, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
  • Susan Boyle, singer and runner-up in Britain's Got Talent, was told in 2012-2013 that she has Asperger syndrome and above average intelligence after years of thinking she had a learning disability caused by brain damage at birth.
  • Dan Bull: Rapper known for his songs based on video games. Has made two raps about his Asperger's called "A Portrait of the Autist" and "Autistic Guy Raps Better Than You".
  • Varg Vikernes, notorious founder of the solo project Burzum and former bassist of Mayhem, is self-diagnosed autistic.
  • David Byrne: Former Talking Heads frontman and active solo musician, stated in 2009 that he has (self-diagnosed) Asperger's Syndrome. He previously denied a claim from ex-bandmate Tina Weymouth that he had Asperger's thanks to their testy relationship, but came around to accepting it after reading up on what it was.
  • Ethel Cain, American singer-songwriter who has mentioned being autistic on Tumblr.
  • Example, English hip-hop and electronic musician, mentioned being diagnosed with Asperger's "when [he] was younger" in a 2012 interview.
  • Grimes, Canadian electropop musician, revealed in 2023 that she had been diagnosed with autism a few months prior.
  • James Horner, prolific film composer who scored films such as Titanic (1997) and Avatar among hundreds of others, was posthumously revealed to have identified as having Asperger's by his widow in a 2018 documentary.
  • Chris Corner, English musician known for his solo project IAMX and being a member of Sneaker Pimps, is autistic.
  • New Zealand indie pop singer-songwriter Ladyhawke was diagnosed with Asperger's as an adult.
  • Left at London, real name Nat Puff, is an American singer-songwriter and online comedian who has been diagnosed with autism, as well as several comorbids (namely ADHD, PTSD, BPD and dissociative disorder).
  • Courtney Love, grunge singer/musician and frontwoman of Hole, stated that she was diagnosed as autistic when she was nine years old.
  • Heidi Mortenson, Danish electronic musician with Asperger's.
  • Martin Newell, the frontman of the pioneering lo-fi Jangle Pop band the Cleaners from Venus, revealed in 2015 that he has Asperger syndrome and dyspraxia.
  • Stina Nordenstam, Swedish singer-songwriter who was diagnosed with autism as an adult.
  • Gary Numan has, in several interviews, called his Asperger's "a good thing" despite some of the difficulties it can create because, among other reasons, it allows him to ignore negative reviews and focus on his work. However, it should be noted that he has repeatedly flip-flopped on whether and when a diagnosis was made, claiming on various occasions that he was diagnosed with autism at 21 and was later re-diagnosed with Asperger's, that he is self-diagnosed, and that he was diagnosed with Asperger's aged 14 (which would have been in the early 1970s, before the term was coined in 1981).
  • Owl City, real name Adam Young, has described himself as introverted and has self-diagnosed as having Asperger's syndrome.
  • Norwegian electronic musician Savant, real name Aleksander Vinter, was diagnosed with Asperger's as a teenager.
  • Sia: Despite the backlash for her movie Music (2021), Sia revealed on a Twitter Space in 2022 that she had been diagnosed with autism following the film's release, which made her finally realize why she had always felt such a connection to the community. However, it should be noted that many autistic people still felt like the film's portrayal of the condition was actively harmful due to its use of stereotypes and promotion of dangerous 'prone restraint' techniques.
  • Diane Warren, American songwriter who has written or co-written hits for artists such as Cher ("If I Could Turn Back Time"), Aerosmith ("I Don't Want to Miss a Thing") and Starship ("Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now") is autistic.
  • Trevor Whatevr, American Electronic Music producer whose real name is Tre Lyerly, is autistic.
  • Kenshi Yonezu, Japanese musician and Vocaloid producer also known by the stage name Hachi, was diagnosed with autism as an adult.
  • Tay Zonday of "Chocolate Rain" fame was initially diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 15 before being re-diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in his 30s. He disclosed his diagnosis in a tweet in which he criticized conservative American pundits for making fun of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg's own Asperger's diagnosis.

  • Autechre: Member Sean Booth is autistic.
  • Cardiacs: Former guitarist Jon Poole was revealed to be autistic by bandmate Kavus Torabi in a 2023 livestream.
  • Depeche Mode: Lead singer Dave Gahan revealed in 2017 that both he and primary songwriter (and currently the only other official member of the band) Martin Gore are autistic.
  • Felt: Former guitarist Maurice Deebank revealed he is autistic in a 2018 interview.
  • Five: Former member Abz Love revealed he has Asperger's while competing on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
  • Eagles: Member Joe Walsh has Asperger's.
  • Echosmith: Drummer Graham Sierota was diagnosed with autism as a child. This was revealed in 2019 during a controversy involving him messaging blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's under-age daughter Alabama on Instagram.
  • Godflesh: Lead singer Justin Broadrick revealed in 2022 that he had recently been diagnosed with autism.
  • Hole: Frontwoman Courtney Love was diagnosed with autism aged nine.
  • Jefferson Airplane: Founding member Marty Balin was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • Jesu: Founding and only constant member Justin Broadrick, also of the aforementioned Godflesh, was diagnosed with autism around 2022.
  • Lower Dens: Lead singer Jana Hunter was diagnosed with autism and ADHD in 2021.
  • The Magnetic Fields: Frontman Stephin Merritt has mentioned possibly having Asperger's in interviews, as well as in the band's song "Weird Diseases".
  • Menswear: Frontman Johnny Dean was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2009, and has since become an autism activist.
  • The Monkees: Member Peter Tork revealed in 2008 that he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as an adult.
  • Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät: A punk rock band who represented Finland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and consisted entirely of intellectually disabled musicians with either Down syndrome or autism.
  • Pet Shop Boys: Lead singer Neil Tennant speculated in a 2017 interview that both he and the other member of the band, keyboardist Chris Lowe, are "a bit autistic".
  • Queens of the Stone Age: Bassist Michael Shuman, also known for his work with the band Mini Mansions, has Asperger's.
  • The Roots: Band leader and drummer Questlove is autistic.
  • Rubberbandits: Member Blindboy Boatclub was diagnosed with autism in 2022, when he was in his 30s.
  • The Slits: Former guitarist Viv Albertine is autistic.
  • Sneaker Pimps: Member Chris Corner, now known for his aforementioned solo project IAMX, is autistic.
  • The Stranglers: Keyboardist Dave Greenfield was autistic, though his diagnosis was not made public until after his death.
  • The Subways: Former drummer Josh Morgan has Asperger's.
  • Talking Heads: Frontman David Byrne has self-diagnosed Asperger's.
  • The Vines: Lead singer Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2004; his diagnosis was revealed following an onstage meltdown in which he assaulted a photographer.
  • The Wildhearts: Former bassist Jon Poole, also of the aforementioned Cardiacs, is autistic.
  • Worm Shepherd: Vocalist Devin Duarte revealed in 2022 that he was on the autism spectrum.
  • XTC: Andy Partridge has speculated in interviews that he may be autistic.

    Professional Wrestlers 
  • Will Ospreay, English professional wrestler, identifies as being on the autism spectrum.

    Television and Radio Personalities 
  • That Gosh Darn Hippie Show is a Classic Rock and comedy radio show with a largely autistic cast, including host Kiki "DJ Hippie" Willows.
  • Anne Hegerty, British television presenter best known as one of the Chasers on the game show The Chase, was diagnosed with Asperger's aged 45.
  • Chris Packham, British naturalist and television presenter best known for co-hosting the nature documentary series Springwatch and its sister shows Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, was diagnosed with Asperger's in his forties. In 2017, he presented a documentary film about his autism titled Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me.

    Web Video Creators 
  • No Parking Berry (real name Dejuan Berry), a Canadian animator who had an autism diagnosis as a child.
  • Otis Le PoOtis, animator and creator of Bondee's Barnyard: Safety Violation.
  • Chuggaaconroy (real name Emiliano "Emile" Rodolfo Rosales-Birou), having earlier believed he was misdiagnosed, revealed in 2018 that he is in fact on the spectrum, and had merely been convinced by a relative that he wasn't.
  • Laura Kate Dale, a games journalist and streamer, who's written a few books, including one about her experiences as an autistic trans woman titled Uncomfortable Labels.
  • That Dude in the Suede, real name William DuFresne, has mentioned being autistic in at least one of his videos.
  • The Carpetbagger confirmed in this video that he was diagnosed with autism as an adult.
  • cs188, a YouTube Poop creator, states in his channel description "I'm probably autistic." He outright confirms it later on in this video.
  • Christian Frates, YouTuber and voice actor, was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • Jessie Gender, real name Jessie Earl, is an autistic trans woman who discusses nerdy media such as Star Trek as well as topics relating to the LGBT Community and autistic people.
  • Cameron J. Green, YouTuber, voice actor and animator, revealed that he has autism as well as auditory processing disorder. He goes into more detail in two videos.note 
  • Storytime animator illymation revealed that she was diagnosed with autism in a video.
  • Zack James, creator of Yo Mama, revealed he has autism in a 2020 video.
  • jan Misali, creator of Conlang Critic, describes himself as autistic in his channel description.
  • Jacob M. Keene, YouTuber and voice actor, was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • Nicholas Anderson, the creator of LEGO Rewind, mentions being autistic in Lego Rewind Finale - Bionicle (around the 8:24 mark).
  • Lenstar Productions (real name Jacob Lenard), creator of webtoon series such as Mugman and Loose Ends, has mentioned at least once on Twitter that he is autistic.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter, real name Johnathan Rozanski, an animation critic and creator of the Growing Around series, has mentioned a few times that he has Asperger's which he was diagnosed with when he was 19 and made a video criticizing Autism Speaks.
  • NintendoCapriSun, real name Tim Bishop, is a prolific Let's Player who is self-diagnosed with Asperger's.
  • OnlyJayus, real name Isabella Avila, is a miscellaneous trivia YouTuber and TikToker who revealed in 2023 that she had been diagnosed with autism.
  • PhantomStrider, real name Josh Strider, is an animation and media critic who has mentioned that he has attention deficit disorder and Asperger Syndrome.
  • Plumbella, real name Jesse McNamara, is an autistic Let's Player known for content related to The Sims.
  • Mark Grondin, creator of Spectrum Pulse, was diagnosed with Asperger's at age five.
  • Tony Goldmark, creator of Some Jerk with a Camera and Escape from Vault Disney!, has mentioned a few times that he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
  • Patricia Taxxon, a musician and media analyst, revealed to her YouTube audience that she was autistic in "The Autistic Horror of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared," where she recounted her experiences with it.
  • The Rowdy Reviewer, real name Chris Moore, who created and hosts TV Trash has mentioned he has Asperger syndrome.
  • Wileyk209zback, who mainly makes You Tube Poops of Arthur and Caillou, is open about his Asperger syndrome, discussing it a few times online.
  • Mary Winstead, better known as TapeWorm, is very open about her autism diagnosis, and has mentioned that her special interest in old cable television UI was what led her to create WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK..
  • Brian Zane, host of the professional wrestling-themed show Wrestling With Wregret, revealed in 2020 that he had been diagnosed with Asperger's at a young age, following a controversy after comedian Tom Segura had referred to pro wrestling fans as developmentally-disabled.
  • Haruka Karibu, a member of VShojo, a VTuber agency, recounted her experiences as a child with autism in a video in November 2021.