Thursday, 3 April 2008

What have all these people got in common?









They are all possibly on the autistic spectrum. For a more complete list, have a look here.

Many of them have helped shape our world today. Our children will help shape our world tomorrow.

67 comments:

Chris H said...

Wow, all of them eh? Just goes to show that Autism is a far reaching, complicated spectrum, that makes these awesome people who they are!

TheBirdman33 said...

First commenter! Very exciting...

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Anne Brooke said...

That's really interesting - honestly, it gives hope for us all!

Love & hugs

A
xxx

Ivar T said...

I thought it was the eyes they had in common.

And black hair, except that bald one and van Gogh of course.

girlforallstatus said...

Thanks for posting this. This is great info. People with autism really do excel...

They should be seen as blessings...

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

Our children will enrich our world... and like these others before them, leave their stamp in profoundly important ways!
xx

Seaman_S said...

Hi Casdok
just some random and some may argue shallow thoughts, can we really pick Mr Spock as he is from an entire race with his traits? (unless he has them from his Mother?)Do you think that the Vulcans look at humans as being the equivalent of 'negative autists' if there can be such a thing? :O)
Oh and a big thanks for drawing my attention to Flowers for Algernon being available as a film, read the short story, and kicked myself I never saw the play with Micheal Crawford.

Mima said...

Talk about achievements, nobody should be written off because of differences, everybody has something to give to the world.

ChainingMagic said...

Michael Palin? I didn't know that!

Dave Coulter said...

That's remarkable. Is that Bob Dylan in there?

laughingwolf said...

great post, cas, certainly gives folks pause... and hope!

Rosie said...

we've all got something to give...even if we're not always sure what it is sometimes!

Paul said...

People are precious ! We are all pne.

my life with bipolar disorder said...

That's an interesting list. People with autism are especially gifted in their own wonderful ways. They can make great contributions.

San said...

Casdok, thank you for posting the pictures of these unique, highly gifted individuals. Some of my very favorite people are "different." They look at the world from a highly original perspective. It is the nature of their gift.

Hug.

monsoon-dreams said...

thats great!!the world would have been incomplete without them.Vangogh is my favourite.

buffalodickdy said...

One of our TV stations ran a special on autism yesterday night. Covered quite a few subjects you have written on...

Cyndi said...

Cool...I pasted that into an email & sent it to all my family/friends! Keanu is just yummy! :)

Michael Manning said...

I have a sweet friend with two sons who are autistic and I will share your site with her. I am learning so much from my visits here! I will link you! This is SO important.

Have a nice Thursday! :D

KAREN said...

Wow, so many high acheivers! It makes you think.

Melissa said...

Wow. How empowering.

Flea said...

There are days I wonder if half the people I run into, including myself, wouldn't show up on the scale. How beautiful.

LceeL said...

Wow. Zach and I are in good company.

thailandchani said...

Just curious.... Are you familiar with Asperger's? The reason I ask is that I suspect most very creative, non-mainstream people would score rather high for it. Even I scored 277 out of 300.

What's your opinion about Asperger's?

Jade said...

Don't we all have a little "spectrum" in us? ;-) I know I do!

Casdok said...

Thailandchani, i certainly am, my father is Aspergers. Which ties in with Jades comment; yes i think we do.

Tanya Brown said...

Aw, hell. My guess was going to be that they all (presumably) had penises.

misha_k said...

This is quite the list and it lets me know there's lots of promise for J in the future. Just this morning he was telling me he wants to have a show on Animal Planet someday.

TEOM said...

You are such a powerful advocate.

Seraphine said...

I love Mr. Bean.
The original series anyway.

Mary said...

Did you know that it's suspected that Thomas Jefferson and Mozart both had autism? There are many others as well. Autism is far-reaching and has been around for hundreds of years - probably from the beginning of time. Why has it taken us so long to be understanding of those who are a little different?

Enjoyed the post and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my post. Nice to meet you.

Blessings,
Mary

Swearing Mother said...

None or those pictures surprise me at all - much valued members of our world, every one of them.

CC said...

I've seen this list before, but what I really liked about your post was the pictures. great additions to add impact!!

Debs said...

I think that a lot of us are on the autistic spectrum but just don't realize it.

Traceytreasure said...

Isn't it wonderful that no matter how different we all are, we are all so very similar! Fascinating as always, Casdok! It's Thankful Thursday and I'm thankful for you! Hugs!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

it is hard for me to think that there are different scales of austism. My nephew didn't talk, didn't really make eye contact, coudln't stand much noise, but he did really really like his socks. He would take them off and hold them, flipping them back and forth in his hand and watch them. It is hard to me to think that someone can be autistic and not have it like that. I love it when you try to raise awariness on autism! thanks

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

I suspect we are all on the scale somewhere - they just need to make it a bit bigger and then we can all celebrate our likenesses and our differences. After all where is normal. Anyone know anyone who is?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

This is very interesting.

Dave Coulter said...

It would certainly raise awareness if one of these celebrities made that public knowledge.

(Bob Dylan's one of my favorites. I just about blew the windows out my truck this morning listening to "Visions of Johanna", lol....)

Kostas said...

Wow! This him I did not know, a lot of interesting and informative your current post!

Angela said...

Great post...and you can really see where they draw that conclusion from each of the individual personalities.

Raven said...

This really is an eye-opener... always good to revise the perspective from which we look at things so we can shift our assumptions. Pretty intriguing group you have shared here. Great post.

motherx said...

Wow! I never knew that! That is amazing. Keaun Reeves aswell! Just goes to show you that you cant judge a book by its cover. What a lot of cool people!

Amy said...

Your posts are very insightful. Thanks for dropping by my blog! =)

Tom Foolery said...

What a great list TFX

Suburbia said...

I like this sort of thing. Both my children are dyslexic and over the years we have discussed famous people who have shaped our world who were/are also said to be dyslexic. I hope it helps

katy said...

I learn something new every post you do.

Dr.John said...

It is obvious from this collection of people that people with autism differ greatly from one another. They are not all alike or stamped out of the same cookie cutter.

SB said...

That is some list. Talent runs deep.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Fascinating and informative as always, Casdok. Thank you so much for your original thoughts. M xx

R.E.H. said...

I didn't know about that. I have heard about Einstein - but not the others...

Interesting!

kristina said...

Pictures say a lot!

Jim said...

Good information. Many people with all kinds of disabilities can make things happen around the world.

:)

MamaGeek said...

Wow, what a powerful post. Having twin autistic nephews, this is near and dear to my heart.

Eileen said...

It just goes to show that we all are different and it is OK. It is more than OK, it is a good thing. Being different it what makes us and life interesting. In college my husband always wore a button that said, "why be normal?" I think the question really is,"what is normal?" There is no such thing, and that is what makes the world so beautiful.
XOXOX

Angela said...

Interesting

Dianne said...

Made me think of that little decal you have on your sidebar.

they were all "born with serious abilities"

Dad Stuff said...

Great list. I'm not sure who is between Mr Bean and Dylan though.

Josie said...

Jenny McCarthy was on Larry King Live last night, and she was speaking about autism and vaccinations.

I recall reading that Picasso was on the autistic spectrum as well. It would seem that autism and genius are often two sides of the same coin.

Chuck said...

You may want to verify your sources before posting information. Fred Grandy, the first picture, categorically denies being on the spectrum. I just received an E-mail after asking him directly.

Casdok said...

Bet he was surprised! The first picture is of Michael Palin.

SaraLynn said...

wow...this is very interesting!
Thanks for sharing!

bonbon momma said...

I love this list. Where are the women? I had heard that Courtney Love said she was on the spectrum, although I suspect that no one would be that thrilled to hear that,lol. Darryl Hannah has also said she was on the spectrum as well.

andrea said...

I'm impressed -- and I can see some of it. Is there a list of criteria (DSM IV or the like?) where one can test oneself?

Casdok said...

Yes there are various online tests you can do, but i wouldnt like to recommend one as am not sure how accurate they are. :)

Jack and Joann said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for being a great resource on autism.
I will refer people to your blog.

Patti said...

Interesting. I also knew about Einstein, but not the others