Have You Seen What These People on the Spectrum Have Done?

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It’s a pretty well-known fact in today’s society that there are many amazing people on the autism spectrum. We can find stories and lists all over of celebrities with autism and people on the spectrum who have done extraordinary things. But there’s one thing you may notice when you look at these stories: lots of these individuals are on the milder end of the spectrum! We at The Autism Site, however, believe that people all over the spectrum are “auesome” and capable of great things!

So we’ve compiled a list of people all over the autism spectrum who have done great things—from celebrities to savants to people unable to speak to people who have overcome their most severe symptoms. Check it out and take a few minutes to celebrate all the amazing individuals with autism who have touched our world…and our hearts.

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21. Ido Kedar

Ido Kedar is a bright young man with severe autism and is the author of Ido in Autismland, both the book and the blog. Though he cannot speak, he’s an eloquent communicator and writer when he has a keyboard in front of him. He writes for those with severe autism, educating people about his particular condition and struggles, and demonstrating that many people with severe autism are emotional and intelligent people hidden behind blank affects and motor difficulties. He’s undoubtedly had a huge impact on countless people—myself included.

Learn more about nonverbal autism and intelligence—including some words from Ido—here.

20. Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire is a savant on the autism spectrum. He is known for his incredibly precise, detailed drawings of various city skylines, from New York City to Rome. In spite of his incredible abilities, it was believed he would never walk on his own.

Check out Wiltshire’s story here.

19. Aaron Cahal

In the spring of 2016, Aaron Cahal—a minimally verbal man—heard what he described as a “scary cry.” It turned out that a local toddler had fallen into a pool and would have drowned if Cahal had not taken action. Through typing out Facebook messages and posting pictures, he was able to alert the police to the situation and indirectly save the child’s life.

Read the full story here.

18. Alexis Wineman

In 2012, Alexis Wineman became the first Miss America contestant with autism. The former Miss Montana was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 11 and struggled with bullying, but she entered the national pageant to prove that she, a shy, quiet girl who had an affinity for hoodies, could get up on stage and compete in front of an entire country. She wants the world to know that autism doesn’t define her; she defines autism.

Learn more about Alexis Wineman here.

17. Erik Weber

When Erik Weber was young, he developed severe autism. Doctors predicted that he would remain a cognitive toddler for life and advised his mother to place him in an institution. But Weber proved them wrong; he became a star athlete at the Special Olympics and, more recently, became a lawyer. As of 2015, he was hoping to practice special education law to help others like him.

Read more of Weber’s story here.

16. Emma Lynam

Though Emma Lynam, a woman with Down Syndrome, hearing difficulties, and mild autism cannot read or write, she runs her own business. How? By shredding paper! She works for businesses by shredding their unneeded but confidential documents. This kind of job turns her inability to read into a strength: businesses know that the documents they give her will remain confidential, as she cannot read what they say.

Read her full story here.

15. Christopher Duffley

Christopher Duffley is a blind teen with autism, but he doesn’t let that stop him. This young man is an incredible singer who shares his talents to bless others.

Watch him as he blows away Fenway Park with his rendition of the National Anthem.

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.