Who are some famous people with autism?


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As of 2015, some famous people with autism include Susan Boyle and Dan Aykroyd, explains Autism Speaks. Both celebrities have a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome and are some of the most successful celebrities living with the disorder.

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Susan Boyle is a professional singer who came to fame late in life during a 2009 audition for the British talent TV show "Britain's Got Talent," when she sang a musical rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," reports Autism Speaks. Her diagnosis helped her to understand why she experienced difficulty learning as a child. Boyle initially received an incorrect diagnosis of brain damage.

Dan Aykroyd is an actor, comedian, screenwriter and singer known for his acting and writing roles in movies such as "Ghostbusters" and “Blues Brothers, explains the Child Mind Institute. The actor received a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome in the 1980s and had difficulty controlling his outbursts. However, he attributes the disorder as part of his success for both “Ghostbusters” and “Blue Brothers” due to his obsession with ghosts and law enforcement. The actor also credits his wife for making him see a doctor to find out what was wrong with him. He also believes that his therapy helped him overcome his ability to socialize with others.

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