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April is Autism Awareness Month

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Bet ya didn’t know this:
 
Here are a few people who have been speculated to be on the autism spectrum. Hey wikipedia said not me check it out!
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_speculated_to_have_been_autistic

 

  • Hans Christian Andersen author of "The Princess and the Pea", "The Little Mermaid" and many other children’s stories. Identified by Prof. Michael Fitzgerald in The genesis of artistic creativity: Asperger’s syndrome and the arts
  • David Byrne, remarked "I was a peculiar child, borderline Asperger’s, I would guess."
  • Lewis Carroll, English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman, photographer and inventor
  • Andy Warhol, American Artist, speculated by Michael Fitzgerald [11] and Dr. Judith Gould [12].
  • Henry Cavendish, 18th century British scientist. He was unusually reclusive, literal minded, had trouble relating to people, had trouble adapting to people, difficulties looking straight at people, drawn to patterns, etc. His behaviors are enough like Autism or Asperger’s to be mentioned in several mainstream sources.[2][3][4] Still alternate theories suggest his behaviors merely implied unusual bashfulness, childhood traumas, or possibly an anxiety disorder
  • Albert Einstein: See analysis further on in article.
  • Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist and noted Bach interpreter. Behaviors including his liking routine to the point he used the same seat until it was worn through. He also disliked social functions to the point that in later life he relied on the telephone or letters for virtually all communication. He also had an aversion to being touched, had a different sense of hot or cold than most, and would rock back and forth while playing music. These behaviors or sensations are like many with autism spectrum disorders. Gould was speculated to have Asperger’s by Dr. Timothy Maloney and Dr. Peter Ostwald [5][6].
  • Thomas Jefferson, the US President: Speculation by Norm Ledgin who wrote a book titled Diagnosing Jefferson
  • James Joyce, Irish Writer and author of Ulysses, speculated by Michael Fitzgerald and Antionette Walker in ‘Unstoppable Brilliance’[7].
  • Michelangelo, Italian Renaissance artist: Speculation by Dr. Arshad and Professor Fitzgerald based on his inability to form long-term attachments and certain other characteristics. Note: Professor Fitzgerald himself apparently called it "purely speculative."
  • Isaac Newton – See analysis further on in article.
  • Moe NormanCanadian golfer [8]
  • Alan Turing 19121954 – Pioneer of computer sciences. He seemed to be a math savant and his lifestyle has many autism traits about it. Speculated by Tony Attwood at a conference in New York in October 1999 [9] [10].
  • Michael Ventris, English Architect, who deciphered Linear B, suggested by Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen in his book "The Essential Difference"
  • Andy Warhol, American Artist, speculated by Michael Fitzgerald [11] and Dr. Judith Gould [12].
  • Blind Tom Wiggins – Autistic savant. Speculated by Dr. Oliver Sacks [13].
  • Béla Bartók, 20th Century Hungarian composer. Speculated by Tony Attwood at a conference in New York in October 1999 [1].
  • Hugh Blair of Borgue, 18th century Scottish landowner thought mentally incompetent, now studied as case history of autism. The book Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue, written by R. A. Houston and Uta Frith, speculates that Hugh Blair was autistic.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “April is Autism Awareness Month

  1. Hmmmm, I sure enough didn\’t have a clue! 
     
    As I was driving into work a few minutes ago I heard it come over the radio that April is Autism Awareness Month and my mind immediately went to you and Adam.  Honesty.
     
    I hope that some day real so they will be able to find out the root cause of this and get rid of it once and for all.

  2. Wow. No, I didn\’t know most of these. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Interesting!!  Just out of curiousity, what do you think of the theory that vaccines may be causing autism?

  4. not really surprised…as autistic people are smarter people than most of us…
    *~* :o) a smile is a universal welcome… :o) *~*

  5. Hello there!  I am always telling my son that if there weren\’t more people like him in the world, we\’d most likely still be living in caves trying to make fire!  LOL.  It\’s important for our kiddos to know they aren\’t the only ones! 🙂
     
    Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Such an interesting and informative blog… and I really appreciated it.  Will have to come back later to research it out a bit more. 
     
    Thanks for the encouragement about not giving up my site.  Hope you and your dear ones have a great weekend!  
     
     

  7. Hello dear friend! How wasyour Easter? i hope you and your family had a blessed day together! We are very much getting ready for spring, but experiencing lots of rain first.  Hopefully the sun will pop out soon enough
    Lots of Love and thanks for the hair compliment 😀

  8. This is awesome.  I still do not have a diagnosis for my oldest daughter but I still think she has Asperger qualities.  They cannot get past her anxiety to see it.  It does not matter as long as we can learn and understand her ways.  I will be so happy to get her past High School though.  It is a huge challenge.  Her teacher\’s usually enjoy the unusual way she looks at things.  No wonder their are so many famous creators in the world.  I hear Bill Gates is another possible spectrum disorder.  Bless you!

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