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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). Note that the DSM-5 is only used within the United States; its international equivalent, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), still lists Asperger's Syndrome and classical autism as separate diagnoses, and because of this people with Asperger's outside of the US tend to refer to themselves as having Asperger's or being "Aspies" rather than being autistic. We ask to please please please do not list anyone that has not stated themselves that they have autism and do not speculate on anyone here.


There is debate on the validity of self-diagnosis, 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 self-diagnosed if that information is available.

Also see Autism in Media.

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  • Dan Aykroyd had an obsession with ghosts as a child, which helped him to write Ghostbusters (1984). When he was diagnosed with Asperger's, he figured out that that was a symptom of it.
  • Roseanne Barr, American comedian and actress best known for starring in Roseanne revealed in 2019 that she is on the autism spectrum in an interview with Joe Rogan.
  • Corina Boettger, a non-binary voice actor who commonly works on video games and anime, confirmed their autism diagnosis via a Twitter post.
  • Corey Burton, American voice actor, said in a 2017 interview that he had Asperger's.
  • Paddy Considine, English actor who was featured in Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Has talked about his Asperger's in several interviews.
  • Kayla Cromer, who plays the autistic teenager Matilda on Everything's Gonna Be Okay, is herself on the autism spectrum.
  • Kellen Goff, an American voice actor known for playing Overhaul from My Hero Academia and Funtime Freddy from Five Nights at Freddy's, revealed that he had Asperger's on Twitter in 2019.
  • Daryl Hannah, American actress, was diagnosed with autism as a child and told that she had to be institutionalized. She overcame her fear of social events and became an actress.
  • Anthony Hopkins, Welsh-born actor known for playing Hannibal Lecter revealed in 2017 that he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, but "high-end."
  • Jim Jefferies, Australian comedian and actor, host of the The Jim Jefferies Show and creator and star of Legit, stated that he was diagnosed autistic on his comedy special, Freedumb though he states that he finds it to just be a personality quirk.
  • Chris Niosi, a voice actor and animator, has mentioned in several videos that he has Asperger Syndrome, having been diagnosed at a young age.
  • Billy West, an American voice actor known for voicing numerous characters on Futurama, as well as the titular characters from The Ren & Stimpy Show and Doug. He publicly revealed his diagnosis in 2019.

  • Christine Weston Chandler (formerly Christian Weston Chandler and formerly before that Christopher Weston Chandler), creator of Sonichu, Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder fan expansions, and hundreds of web videos was diagnosed with autism at around the age of 5, though she prefers to mention it as high-functioning autism.
  • Willem van Genk, Dutch outsider artist diagnosed with schizophrenia and autism during his life. His cityscape paintings of buses and trains earned him the nickname "King of Stations".
  • Rebecca Gibson, cosplayer and seamstress who says that her autism plays an important role in her life; and states that it's important for others to support those who have it.
  • Jorge Gutierrez, Mexican-American animator behind El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and The Book of Life revealed in 2018 that he was diagnosed with autism 3 years prior and his son also has autism.

  • Asperger's Are Us are a comedy troupe consisting entirely of people with Asperger's. An eponymous documentary film was made about them.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Dan Harmon, writer, producer, and creator of Community and Rick and Morty, discovered he may have Asperger syndrome while writing for Abed on Community, though he is self-diagnosed.

  • Susan Boyle, singer and winner of 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".
  • David Byrne of Talking Heads fame revealed in 2009 that he has Asperger's syndrome. Bandmate Tina Weymouth revealed he had it in 2003 -stating that she had her suspicions since they first met- but due to their testy relationship, he denied the claim, which Weymouth framed as something closer to an accusation than a matter-of-fact statement. However, he eventually acknowledged Weymouth's claims as true, clarifying that he had previously believed he "grew out of it" and that he now saw it as a difference, not a defect. In another interview ten years later, he explained that he wasn't aware of what the condition was when Weymouth first brought it up (note that it wasn't added into the DSM until 1994, well into Byrne's adulthood), and learned that he actually did fit the diagnostic criteria once he started doing research into the topic, allowing him to come to terms with it.
  • Former Felt guitarist Maurice Deebank revealed he is autistic in a 2018 interview.
  • New Zealand indie pop singer-songwriter Ladyhawke was diagnosed with Asperger's as an adult.
  • Abz Love, a former member of British boy band Five, revealed he has Asperger's while competing on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
  • Courtney Love, grunge singer/musician, stated that she was diagnosed as autistic as when she was nine years old.
  • Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt has mentioned possibly having Asperger's in interviews, as well as in the band's song "Weird Diseases".
  • Craig Nicholls, lead singer of The Vines, revealed his Asperger syndrome diagnosis in 2004.
  • Gary Numan was diagnosed with autism at 21 and was later re-diagnosed with Asperger's. In several interviews, he has called his condition "a good thing" despite its negative effects (such as No Social Skills) because, among other reasons, it allows him to ignore negative reviews and focus on his work.
  • Owl City, real name Adam Young, has described himself as introverted and believes he has symptoms of Asperger syndrome; however, it has not been diagnosed.
  • Norwegian electronic musician Savant, real name Aleksander Vinter, was diagnosed with Asperger's as a teenager.
  • Donna Williams, Australian writer, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and sculptor, was diagnosed with autism in 1991.
  • Tay Zonday of "Chocolate Rain" fame has Asperger's. 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.

    Web Video Creators 
  • 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 vidoes.
  • Mark Grondin, creator of Spectrum Pulse, was diagnosed with Asperger's at age five.
  • Irkenus, YouTuber and voice actor, was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • Jacob M. Keene, YouTuber and voice actor, was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • 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.
  • PhantomStrider, real name Josh Strider, is a animation and media critic who has mention that he has attention deficient disorder and Asperger Syndrome.
  • The Rowdy Reviewer, real name Chris Moore, who created and hosts TV Trash has mentioned he has Asperger syndrome.
  • 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.

  • Kage Baker, science fiction author whose works include The Company Novels, had Asperger syndrome.
  • Patricia Baxter, an autistic writer who discusses treatment of autism in society and in popular media on her website Autistic Observations.
  • Corinne Duyvis, young adult SFF author whose works include On the Edge of Gone and Otherbound; originator of the #ownvoices hashtag.
  • ETN Mystic, fanfic writer of the Our Eternity Together series, is autistic and features an autistic protagonist in the series.
  • Temple Grandin, professor of animal science, and author of several books about autism from the perspective of an autistic person including Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. She was the subject of a semi-autobiographical movie, Temple Grandin.
  • Erika Hammerschmidt, author/artist/webcomic creator whose works include Kea's Flight and Abby and Norma, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 11.
  • Helen Hoang is an author of romance novels depicting protagonists on the spectrum and how the autistic people navigate the complicated world of relationships. Hoang's two published novels include The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test. After a meeting with her daughter's preschool teacher about whether her daughter might be on the spectrum, Hoang started researching autism and was diagnosed herself.
  • Ada Hoffmann, author of The Outside, is a speculative fiction writer and poet who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 13 and runs Autistic Book Party, a review series on portrayals of autism in spec fic.
  • Yoon Ha Lee, SFF author whose works include The Machineries of Empire and Dragon Pearl has autism and most of his work includes autistic protagonists.
  • Ana Mardoll, Lets Player and fantasy author of books such as Pulchritude is autistic.
  • MF 217 (full name Martin "Marty" W. Mollohan), fanfic writer, artist, and semi-inactive Lets Player, was diagnosed as autistic sometime in his high school years, even mentioning it outright on his Troper's page. He has used his own behavior growing up with Autism as a reference point in his works.
  • Dakari-King Mykan, fanfic writer, mentioned to be autistic on his FiMFiction blogs and on his Twitter.
  • Fallon O Neill, author of the Geist Series, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age four and writes Urban Fantasy through the eyes of an autistic protagonist.
  • Sumito Owara, author of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, stated in March of 2019 that he is autistic, elaborating the following year that it co-occurs with ADHD.
  • SaoirseParisanote , a prolific fanfic writer, is autistic, and many of her fanfics (Love Feels Like Home, Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, etc.) feature autistic people as main characters.
  • Dawn Prince Hughes, anthropologist/primatologist/ethologist who mostly writes non-fiction; also authored a speculative fiction book, Adam. She credits her research with gorillas with helping her manage her Asperger syndrome.
  • John Elder Robison, former electrical engineer, current car repairman, and writer of books examining his life and experiences with Asperger's Syndrome. His most famous book, Look Me in the Eye, examined the first thirty years of his life and the effects of living with Asperger's at a time when it wasn't recognized as a formal diagnosis.
  • Don Sakers, science fiction author, states that he's a "sf writer, book reviewer for Analog, retired librarian, Legion of Super-Heroes fan, gay, autistic."
  • Kaia Sonderby, author of the Xandri Corelel series, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 9.
  • Squirenonny, author of the fanfic Voltron: Duality is autistic. They were apparently self-diagnosed in their twenties and tend to reinterpret characters as autistic in their work.
  • Infamous gay erotica writer Chuck Tingle was described by his son as an autistic savant, in addition to having schizophrenia, in a 2016 Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. He has since corroborated the claim he is autistic on social media.
  • Voltalia, author of fanfics like Eyes on Me and Magna Clades, has stated that she has Asperger's.
  • CM Weller, speculative fiction writer whose work includes The Amity Incident, stated that they have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Jen Wilde, author of books including Queens of Geek, is autistic.


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