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CASD 7317X/CBSE 7685T Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Famous People with Autism
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Professor Susan Longtin
Since the first diagnosis of autism in 1943 by Leo Kanner, the number of children in the United States thought to have autism was 1 in 10,000, a “low frequency” disorder. Now the number of children thought to have autism is 1 in 68, a drastic increase which has not been fully explained. In the last decade we've all learned a great deal about autism and what it means to be autistic, partly through the media and our professional curiosity.
Certain autistic celebrities, artists, authors, scientists and musically-gifted prodigies have met our attention in our communities in recent years. Some of these people with autism are known as advocates, some have been mentioned in the media and some whose stories are on the bookshelves, of those. This video segment features biographical highlights of the “Top Tenz” list of famous people with Autism.