Incredible and Influential People with Autism


By Vicky Westra

According to the CDC, about 1 in every 54 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Initially, the diagnosis might feel a little scary and lonely before you learn that autism does not have to be a barrier to achieving your goals and dreams.

There are plenty of famous people that live with autism and knowing that can really illustrate that someone with autism is just as capable of achieving great things as anyone else. There are actors, writers, artists, singers, lawyers, and much more who have been diagnosed with autism that are out there every day creating wonderful things. Below is a list of notable celebrities who have been diagnosed with autism and a brief summary of their accomplishments.


Sir Anthony Hopkins:

Actor whose notable roles include:

  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Hitchcock


Dan Aykroyd

Actor whose notable roles include:

  • The Blues Brothers
  • Soul Man
  • Driving Miss Daisy


Daryl Hannah

Actress whose notable roles include:

  • Splash
  • Blade Runner
  • Steel Magnolias


Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore is an autistic professor of special education at Adelphi University. He has written many books, such as:

  • College for Students with Disabilities
  • Understanding Autism for Dummies
  • Ask and Tell


Billy West

Voice Actor whose notable roles include:

  • Futurama
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Minecraft: Story Mode


Satoshi Tajiri

Tajiri is credited with creating the worldwide phenomenon Pokemon.


Adam Young

Adam young is the singer and songwriter behind the popular band Owl City.


Bram Cohen

Famed computer programmer who created the famed peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol.


Jared O’Mara

Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Sheffield Hallam from 2017 to 2019.


Haley Moss

Haley Moss is the first openly autistic female attorney in the State of Florida.


These celebrities are shining examples of what can be done while living with autism. While only representing a small portion of the autistic population, the range of talents exhibited by these well-known and inspirational people shows that people living with autism can be uniquely gifted. By looking to these celebrities for inspiration, we hope that you can realize that a diagnosis of autism does not have to be a lonely path and can lead to an exceptionally bright future.


About Autism Shifts

Autism Shifts is a Tampa, Florida based organization dedicated to guiding people from a place of fear and worry about an uncertain future, toward the hope and joyful anticipation of living their best possible life. If you or someone you love is in need of our support, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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