In our lifetimes, we see countless people who use their limitation as an excuse to settle for mediocrity. Then, there’s another type of people; the highly successful creators, innovators and leaders, inspirational figures who leave their mark upon this world. These are individuals who take what others would consider a weakness and turn it into strength, using it to transform the world, bring happiness and inspiration to the lives of millions. If you want examples of people like this, look to those inspirational individuals who were diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD).
Affecting around 3.5 million individuals in the United States, the term ASD covers numerous unique conditions, ranging from Autistic Disorder to Aspergers Syndrome. Individuals who’re on the autism spectrum can face myriad challenges in life. These include:
- Finding it difficult to communicate with others
- Social anxiety and awkwardness
- Repetitive body movements
- Obsessive interests
- Delayed language and speech skills
However, we’re certain that autistic people do not lack intelligence or talent. This list serves speaks of some people who will testify to the immense talent of people with ASD.
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Academy Award-winning British actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins, is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. The 81-year-old has starred in countless Hollywood blockbusters, with the most notable ones including “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Hannibal,” “Fracture” and “Thor”.
Sir Anthony Hopkins has spoken countless times on autism and what life is like for those who‘re on the spectrum. He’s known as a recluse who has few friends and doesn’t attend many social events.
But despite all of that, Sir Anthony is undoubtedly one of the most successful actors of all times and a figure admired by millions around the globe.
A renowned specialist in observational comedy, Jerry Seinfeld became a household name in the ‘90s when he starred as a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the popular sitcom “Seinfeld”. Now 65, Seinfeld has firmly established his status as a comic legend. Seinfeld has also found success as an author, with the most notable of his books including Seinlanguage, which is an adaptation of his stand-up work, and Halloween, which is a children’s book.
Jerry Seinfeld has also spoken on the subject of autism and how his condition made him struggle with social engagement.
If there’s one name on this list that needs no introduction, it’s Albert Einstein. Credited for the development of the theory of relativity, he is perhaps the greatest theoretical physicist ever to live. While his genius is still celebrated 64 years on from his death, few people are aware that Einstein exhibited many traits associated with autism. According to his biographical information, Einstein didn’t speak until he was over three years old. He was also inflexibly insistent on set routines and had difficulties socializing.
One of the most in-demand motivational speakers and autism advocates of their generation, Louis Scarantino has devoted his life to fighting the stigma that surrounds autism and mental health issues. Get in touch with his representatives today if you want more information on his keynote speaker services or want to book him for an upcoming event.