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"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


When Jacob was diagnosed with Asperger's at age 5, we quickly began to wonder what it would be like for Jacob when he becomes a grown up.  Would he be successful?  Go to college?  Be rich and famous?  So I began to research celebrities and other notable people who had an ASD.  And was I surprised.  I had no idea how many famous people had been affected by an ASD.  Either by having an ASD themselves or having a family member with an ASD.

*Please note*  Not everyone listed in this series has been diagnosed with an ASD.  Some may have an actual ASD while some may be suspected of having an ASD.  Others on this list may have a family member with an ASD.  Some people listed are deceased so an actual diagnosis of an ASD is impossible.  Also, every one listed was mentioned on multiple websites which I felt were credible.  And I did not reference Wikipedia.


May 6, 1856  -  Sigmund Freud  -  Doctor, founder of psychoanalytic.  Expert on examining dreams.   Devoted his life to helping those with mental issues.  Relied heavily on hypnosis to help patients.  Confined to house arrest while living in Austria in 1938.  Believed that many mental illnesses cam from childhood trauma.  Freud is suspected of having Asperger's Syndrome.

May 6, 1915  -  Orson Welles  -  Author, actor, movie producer, radio personality and magician.  Created "War of the Worlds" as a prank on Halloween.  Was originally slotted to be the voice of Darth Vader.  Directed and starred in Citizen Kane.  Welles is suspected of having Asperger's Syndrome.

May 24, 1941  -  Bob Dylan  -  Singer/songwriter.  Born Robert Zimmerman, he chose to go by Bob Dylan in honour of poet Dylan Thomas.  Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.  Called the greatest singer of all time by Johnny Cash.  Dylan is suspected of having Asperger's Syndrome.

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  1. Fascinating list Jim. It just shows how much we need aspergers in the world. Deb

    1. It's weird because I had no idea how many important people are or were affected by an ASD. They give me hope that my son will have a fulfilling life when he grows up.