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See How Former “American Idol” Finalist on the Spectrum Has Positively Affected People’s Lives

James Durbin finished in fourth place on season 10 of the hit reality show, American Idol. In the video below, he talks about his experience on the show and his life with Asperger’s and Tourette’s.

“I’ve gotten to see the effect that I’m having on people and on people’s lives − how I’m, you know, making them happier, or making them cry…conveying all these emotions through these songs,” James says. “And having Tourette’s and Asperger’s, and being open about it, has really…allowed people to be themselves.”

Watch his interview on Dr. Drew to hear more!


Want to learn more about celebrities on the spectrum?

Check out this article that shows you seven incredible individuals with autism who have overcome the obstacles of their disorder and succeeded in life. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, skip right over that and take our quiz on celebrities with autism!

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C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband and dog.