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  • Welcome to the parent autism blog at Autism Epicenter. This is an online journal written directly by parents of children with ASD. We'll share the triumphs and challenges as well as anything else that comes to our minds as related to Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

    Two parents post here:

    - Shane
    Autism Dad and the founder of Autism Epicenter. His son was born in 2002 and diagnosed in 2004 with classic autism.

    - Sherri
    Mother of "Sir Dantes". He was born in 2007 and diagnosed in 2009. "Ms. Maxie" is her typical daughter (doesn't have autism). Sherri works full time and blogs because she finds it to be therapeutic.

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Comment from: Shane Nurnberg [Member]
Dan Aykroyd, Daryl Hannah... even Einstein - I'm pessimistic about whether they're autistic, especially Dan and Daryl. I can't find any solid proof supporting it.

Anyway, last I remember hearing, unemployment among autistic adults was hovering around 95% or something crazy like that. Wow. These are people who can be counted on to be there on time, dedicated, honest, and overall love repetitive work that most of us hate. A lot of autistic people would make good employees.
01/05/12 @ 08:58
Comment from: Kathy [Visitor] · http://www.earplugstore.com
Actually, Shane, Wikipedia has both Hannah and Aykroyd listed with solid references. Under Wikipedia entry for "Historical figures sometimes considered autistic," Einstein is listed.
01/05/12 @ 16:47
Comment from: Shane Nurnberg [Member]
Hi Kathy - Thanks for chiming in. I looked more into Daryl Hannah. The Wiki page just says "She says she was very shy and may have had Asperger Syndrome." I tried to follow the reference and it leads nowhere. I don't know. That's not enough for me.

I also went to the Wiki page for Aykroyd. I followed the reference and listened to the first 3/4 of the NPR interview. From Wiki, "Aykroyd described himself (in a radio interview with Terry Gross) as having mild Tourette syndrome that was successfully treated with therapy when he was a preteen, as well as mild Asperger syndrome." In the interview, and I quote, Aykroyd says, "...Uh, well, it was more of a Tourettes thing... I was analyzed as a Tourettes and Aspergers, uh, which I still have a little bit of today." He goes on to say that he has "a touch" of Aspergers. That's not enough to convince me he was ever truly on the spectrum.

Einstein; "Sometimes considered autistic" is not enough for me either. That could come from anywhere. In my opinion it's far from a diagnosis.

I don't mean to be argumentative. I'm just putting the facts out there and then voicing my opinion. However, I respect your opinion too!

01/06/12 @ 09:18

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