In Pics: Famous Autistic Personalities Who Proved We Are More Than Our Diagnosis

Whenever a diagnosis is done, it leaves not only the patient but also every person associated, vulnerable, and exposed. Diagnosis helps doctors understand and treat their patients better while it may seem like an overwhelming sense of burden for the latter.  Especially when it comes to the ones with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), being on […]

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April 1, 2021

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Whenever a diagnosis is done, it leaves not only the patient but also every person associated, vulnerable, and exposed. Diagnosis helps doctors understand and treat their patients better while it may seem like an overwhelming sense of burden for the latter. 

Especially when it comes to the ones with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), being on the spectrum itself proves to be staggering. The daily functions, even the most mundane, seem arduous and demanding. 

But the most crucial aspect to deal with being on the spectrum is to never, even for a split second, let any label define you. To understand that you are more than your diagnosis is the ultimate aim.

For self-esteem as well as stability, not associating yourself with the symptoms, rather simply acknowledging the fact as it is, is what you need. Yes, you are on the spectrum but make no mistake, you do not live and breathe your diagnosis. 

You are as free as a bird, as you imagine yourself to be. No cage ensnares you, never did, never will. 

 

April 2nd is the day for all of us to celebrate the lives of and raise awareness about people with ASD ranging from Autism to Asperger’s syndrome. If you or your loved one fall in this spectrum, then this is the right dose of inspiration for you. 

You are doubtlessly more than your diagnosis and have a whole, beautiful, great life ahead. Do not let anything bind you nor define you. There’s no such thing as normal, and just because you operate differently doesn’t make you any less than the common similarly functioning beings.

There’s no need for you to feel stigmatized because others are insecure or not open-minded enough. Keep in mind, humans make mistakes, and you’re as entitled to err and feel what you do, as they are. 

That being said, you are many things. But what you are not, is your diagnosis. 

And so, I bring to you, profusely talented, amazing, and intellectual personalities who not only defied the social constructs regarding people with Autism but also augmented the fact that one can be much more than their diagnosis.

Here’s To Great Lives That Inspire

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

One of the great physicists of all time. He developed the theory of relativity, as well as made many important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A prolific and influential music composer of the classical period. A prodigy from childhood, Mozart composed in several genres, including opera and symphony

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

An english mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author widely recognised as one of the greatest mathematicians and most influential scientists of all time. He was a key figure in scientific revolution

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

An english naturalist, geologist, and biologist known for his contributions to the science of evolution. Darwin’s theory of evolution is widely known. He transformed the way we understand the natural world

Michelangelo

Michelangelo

An Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the high renaissance. He exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of modern art

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

One of America’s greatest and most original poets of all time. She not only gave poetry a whole new definition, but also changed the literary marketplace for the better

Tim Burton

Tim Burton

An American film director, producer, writer, and artist, best known for his gothic and horror fantasies, namely, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Dumbo, Planet Of The Apes, Hansel And Gretel, and Sweeney Todd

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

An English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. He developed the idea for the universal Turing machine, the basis for the first computer

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

A Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist. He contributed to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. He discovered and patented the rotating magnetic field

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

An American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of Microsoft Corp

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

A Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A British writer and physician who birthed the greatest detective in english fiction, Sherlock Holmes

Srinivasa Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan

An Indian mathematician, intuitive genius, whose discoveries have influenced several areas of mathematics. Widely known for his contributions to number theory and infinite series

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

A Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and theatre designer. He devoted nearly 80 of his 91 years to an artistic production that contributed significantly to modern art in the 20th century. He invented the art of Cubism 

Satoshi Tajiri

Satoshi Tajiri

A Japanese videogame designer and director who birthed Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise. He is also one of the founders, and President of video game developer Game Freak

Dr. Vernon Smith

Dr. Vernon Smith

An American economist and professor of business economics and law at Chapman University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for the invention of experimental economics

This brings us to an end to the list of superheroes who didn’t let their diagnosis define them and took the world head on. 

If you know any person who has ASD, feel free to share and do your bit in inspiring them.

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