Autistic people

This is a list of notable people known or speculated to have been diagnosed or misdiagnosed with autism, Asperger syndrome (AS), or another condition on the autism spectrum. Due to the fluctuating and imprecise criteria for the diagnosis of Asperger syndrome and of autism, even a formal diagnosis cannot be taken as certain proof that a given person is on the spectrum. Some doctors may overdiagnose in order to enable a child to receive special education, or for other reasons; see reliability of AS diagnosis.

Asperger syndrome

Further information: Asperger syndrome

High-functioning autism

Further information: High-functioning autism

High-functioning autism is an informal term, not an official diagnostic category. Compared to diagnostic criteria for the official ASDs, descriptions of HFA tend to align most closely with Asperger syndrome.

Autism spectrum

Further information: Autism, autistic savant and autism spectrum

Not on the autism spectrum

  • The late Kim Peek, one of the people used as the basis for the movie Rain Man,[61][74] was once thought to be autistic, but his diagnosis has now changed.[75] A 2008 study concluded that Peek probably had FG syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome linked to the X chromosome which causes physical anomalies such as hypotonia (low muscle tone) and macrocephaly (abnormally large head).[76]

See also


  1. "Behind the veil of autism". CNN, 20 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  2. Abedin, Shahreen. "Video reveals world of autistic woman". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, 21 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.

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