19 Famous People With Autism

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Notable autistic celebrities.

Autism is a disorder with symptoms including impaired social interaction, delayed or disrupted verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behavior. Autism can be caused through genetics or by agents that cause birth defects.

Famous people with autism include Albert Einstein and other historical figures who are suspected to have had autism, which wasn't classified as a disorder until the 1940s. Einstein is thought to have had autism because he experienced language delays and educational slowness. Other historical figures who are thought to have had autism include Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Mozart.

Hole front woman Courtney Love was diagnosed with a mild case of autism as a child. Daryl Hannah has struggled with autism all her life and says the disorder made her “terrified of fame.” Author Temple Grandin is one of the most famous women with autism. Grandin works for the causes of animal rights and autistic rights.