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.
BIRTHDAYS IN JUNE
June 1, 1926 - Marilyn Monroe - Silver screen icon, Playboy centrefold and famed socialite. Monroe lived in multiple orphanages throughout her childhood due to her mother's mental health issues. Starred in many movies and won 2 Golden Globes for her roles in Some Like It Hot and Bus Stop. Involved romantically with many famous people including a marriage to Joe DiMaggio. Monroe is suspected to have had Asperger's syndrome.
June 11, 1966 - Scott Mellanby - Former NHL player and was drafted in 1984 by the Philadelphia Flyers. Was in the Stanley Cup finals with the Flyers in 1987. Mellanby amassed 840 points in 1430 NHL games. Mellanby retired in 2007 after 22 NHL seasons. Mellanby's son Carter has autism and is a founder of Athletes Against Autism.
Be sure to check out other months for more birthdays.
WELCOME TO JIM'S AUTISM BLOG
Hi everyone and thanks for visiting our blog. My wife and I created this blog to chronicle our experience while raising a son with Asperger's syndrome. Since our son was diagnosed with an ASD at age 5, we've had a lot of questions. Lucky for us we have a great support network in place. And our blog gives us an opportunity to share what we've learned with our readers. We hope you find our blog informative and interesting. Thanks again for visiting.
"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980