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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). 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.

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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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    Actors 
  • 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.
  • Kayla Cromer, who plays the autistic teenager Matilda on Everything's Gonna Be Okay, is herself on the autism spectrum.
  • 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.
  • Daryl Hannah, American actress, diagnosed with autism as a child and was told that she 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."
  • Chris Niosi, a voice actor and animator, has mentioned in several videos that he has Asperger Syndrome, having been diagnosed at a young age.

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    Directors and Producers 
  • Dan Harmon, writer, producer, and creator of Community and Rick and Morty, discovered he may be autistic while writing for Abed on Community, and sought out a doctor and was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

    Musicians 
  • David Byrne of Talking Heads fame revealed in 2009 that he had 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.
  • Susan Boyle, singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent was told in 2012-2013 the she has Asperger Syndrome and above average intelligence after years of thinking she had a learning disability.
  • Courtney Love, grunge singer/musician, stated that she was diagnosed as autistic as when she was nine years old.
  • 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.
  • Donna Williams, Australian writer, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and sculptor, received diagnostic for autism on 1991.
  • 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.

    Web Video Creators 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mark Grondin, creator of Spectrum Pulse, was diagnosed with Asperger's at age five.
  • 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.

    Writers 
  • Corinne Duyvis, young adult SFF author whose works include On the Edge of Gone and Otherbound; originator of the #ownvoices hashtag.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ada Hoffmann 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.
  • 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.
  • Ana Mardoll, Lets Player and fantasy author of books such as Pulchritude is autistic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CM Weller, speculative fiction writer whose work includes The Amity Incident, stated that they have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • 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.
  • SaoirseParisa, 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.

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