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Who are some famous people with Asperger's?

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Laura Schocker for The Huffington Post lists a number of famous people diagnosed with Asperger's including American actors Daryl Hannah and Dan Aykroyd, Scottish singer and America's Got Talent star Susan Boyle and American Idol contestant James Durbin, who was diagnosed at the age of 10. America's Next Top Model contestant Heather Kuzmich brought publicity to the condition in 2007, as did Miss America contestant Alexis Wineman in 2013.

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According to the Autism Society, Asperger's syndrome was first discovered by Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger in the 1940s. Dr. Asperger observed mild autism-like behaviors in boys who otherwise exhibited signs of normal intelligence and language skills. While many experts throughout the years considered Asperger's to be just a mild form of autism, the condition was eventually added to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a separate disorder in 1994.

WebMD defines Asperger's syndrome as a type of pervasive development disorder. Pervasive development disorders are conditions that result in delayed development of socialization and communication skills. Symptoms of Asperger's include social awkwardness, difficulty initiating conversation, unusual rituals, repetitive behaviors or movements and issues with coordination. While Asperger's is commonly compared to autism, there are several important differences. People with Asperger's generally function better than those with autism, especially in the areas of language development and socialization.

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