Aspergers and a bright future

Posted: January 14, 2013 in advocacy, aspergers, entertainment, life
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It looks like there are many bright days ahead for future generations of people on the Autistic Spectrum.
Growing up there were few role models in the mainstream media to look up to. Every other minority had someone it felt like other than people with Autism. I mean, yeah we had Temple Grandin, but that isn’t someone children will find as glamorous as say Mario Lemieux, Tyra Banks or even Stephen Hawkins. Temple, if you ever read this by some chance of reading everything that even mentions your name, I am sorry but its true. Over the last 12 years, however, all of that has changed.
Darryl Hannah the actress from from Kill Bill, Dan Ackroyd have both come forward in interviews and told the world that they had Aspergers in the last five years and even more recently so did the Miss America candidate from Montana. In addition, one of the glamorous candidates from the next top model also came forward stating that she had Aspergers. The top surfer in the world Clay Marzo also has Aspergers. Having all of these incredible people stepping forward will do many things for the autistic community. First, it will make it easier for people to come forward with their own announcements that they are on the spectrum. It will create a desire in many people to learn more about Autism which will only help especially since there are many great blogs such as Emma’s Hope Book and Life and Ink, recounting people’s lives and the lives of loved ones adventures with Autism, fiction books with autistic main characters, and non-fiction books detailing how life can be made better for these individuals by writers such as Rudy Simone. Stand-up comedians telling jokes and writing plays about the disability. In addition, it will also give future generations something that I did not have; role models to look up to and aspire to be like. Someone that they can relate to, who is just like them so that they don’t feel like such beautiful freaks.

  1. Life&Ink says:

    Well thank you Mr. Asperger for the shout out and you are absolutely right, the number of role models has increased dramatically since my son Ted was diagnosed in 1995! Thank goodness for Temple though, had it not been for her, there wouldn’t have been anyone for me to look at and think, there is life for those with Aspergers. I just never went so far as to dress Teddy in western inspired clothing! šŸ™‚ Dan Ackroyd… how cool is that. I grew up laughing to him on SNL! You made my day sharing that delightful tidbit. Stand tall, stand proud and stand up for Aspergers!

  2. Grndma Chris says:

    I believe that once people get familiar with the aspects of aspergers then they will get better informed and therefore understand and support rather than criticize and tease. Great post.

  3. Jo says:

    Loved this entry. I am so proud of you Adam!

  4. I think it’s great that our generation of people w/ autism (not just AS) have people to look up to. We can use their success to motivate us to carve our own paths.

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