While autism can have a far-reaching impact on life, it doesn’t prevent people from reaching the pinnacles of success. Quite the contrary! Many people with autism have unique gifts and talents unheard of in neurotypicals.
This list features a few big names in art and academics who have made waves in the world — with a diagnosis of autism.
Temple Grandin is perhaps the world’s best-known celebrity with autism. She’s an author, a professor, and a livestock industry consultant. In 2010, she was included in the Time 100 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category. Her outspoken activism makes her a prominent voice in the autistic community.
Her life is the focus of a 2010 HBO biopic, Temple Grandin, which was nominated for 15 Emmys and won five awards.Whizzco