Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been vocal about her diagnosis of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. She calls those diagnoses her “superpowers”. Thunberg’s diagnosis helped her understand herself better. Her relentless focus on the climate and introverted nature are signs that she is indeed autistic.
Elon Musk revealed that he has Asperger’s Syndrome during a guest appearance on the talk show Saturday Night Live. According to the DSM-5, this means that Musk also has ASD. Musk is the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL!
Famous artist Andy Warhol is believed to have been autistic. Dr. Judith Gould (director of Eliot House) makes this claim based on behaviors Warhol showed such as obsession with uniformity and speaking very little. However, knowing for certain whether he is autistic or not is impossible.
As a child, Tajiri, creator of Pokemon, had an obsession with collecting insects and arcade games, so much so that he would cut classes to focus on his passions. His parents were afraid that this would ruin his future, however it did the exact opposite. Tajiri created his own game company called Game Freak. He pitched an idea for a video game to Nintendo that we all know and love today: Pokemon. From there, the success of Pokemon skyrocketed. Tajiri was also diagnosed with autism, which explains his very specific interests.