Autism Spectrum Disorder presents challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. This disorder affects one in 36 children in the United States today. The perceived rise in prevalence might be due to improved recognition and diagnosis by doctors, psychologists, and teachers. Diagnosing autism can be complex due to the wide range of symptoms it entails, varying from mild quirks to profound non-verbal and even aggressive antisocial behaviors.
- Albert Einstein, who revolutionized physics.
- Nikola Tesla, influential in electricity and technology.
- Charles Darwin, renowned for his Theory of Evolution.
- Sir Isaac Newton, famous for laws of physics.
- And others like Barbara McClintock, Alfred Kinsey, and Temple Grandin
- Hans Christian Andersen, author of children’s books.
- Lewis Carroll, creator of Alice in Wonderland.
- Emily Dickinson, acclaimed poet.
- James Joyce, known for complex literature.
- Michelangelo, famed for masterpieces like David and the Sistine Chapel.
- Andy Warhol, iconic pop artist.
Michelangelo, renowned as a genius, crafted enduring masterpieces like the marble statues of David and The Pieta, along with the iconic ceiling painting in the Sistine Chapel. His work was marked by an unwavering routine and intense focus, bordering on obsession. Socially, he exhibited weak skills and actively avoided social situations.
Andy Warhol’s inclusion on this list hardly surprises. His eccentricity and fixation on Pop Art repetition earned him a distinct spot among artists and individuals. Notably, his most iconic work being a soup can underscores his idiosyncrasies.
- Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, computer industry pioneers.
The development of computers and computer software owes much of its influence to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, recognized as geniuses in their respective domains. Gates, a founder of Windows, and Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, have spearheaded two of the most pivotal technology companies.
Jobs earned distinction as a perfectionist marked by obsessive-compulsive behaviors. He held a reputation as a loner and encountered challenges within conventional education. In Gates’ case, self-stimulatory actions like rocking while seated, discomfort in social scenarios, and an aversion to making eye contact characterized his demeanor.
- Tim Burton, innovative filmmaker.
Director Tim Burton might be the most famous in the entertainment industry believed to have autism. If you have ever seen Nightmare Before Christmas, you might have guessed. It is an incredibly creative combination of a Christmas theme with Halloween characters. Burton has not been formally diagnosed, but he identifies with the condition and he and his wife believe he has a mild to moderate case of Asperger’s Syndrome. This has most likely contributed to his success with films.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, renowned composer.
In the music world, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is probably the most famous person who is speculated to have had autism. He was very sensitive to loud noises, which is somewhat ironic considering he was a musician. Mozart was groundbreaking musically for his time and was considered a genius in his craft. His most famous piece was the third movement Alla Turca from Sonata No 11.
- Bobby Fischer, chess grandmaster.
Bobby Fischer is in a category of his own. Fischer is a chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion. He is said to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and very poor social skills. Fischer is known to be very intense and has an incredible 181 IQ. A level of genius like this is often difficult for others to relate to.
Autism can be a serious and debilitating disorder. It can rob you of speech, touch, and mobility. It can also be an incredible gift. Autism is often accompanied by a gifted mind or ability. Many influential people are thought to have had autism throughout history. This was not a detriment to them, and actually helped make them the creative geniuses many became. To learn about our ABA Therapy services, contact us today.