Tim Ellis took his first steps as a magician at 10, when he was given a magic set by his grandpa.
Over the past 20 years he has become internationally known for his amazing stunts. Being buried alive . . . escaping a wooden crate at the bottom of a river . . . and driving a $100,000 sports car blindfolded!
He's in the world history book of magic alongside greats such as Orson Welles, Houdini, David Copperfield and Siegfried & Roy. As an adult Tim was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and attributes many of his unique magical talents to his diagnosis. In 2010 he performed a magical show telling the story of his life with Asperger's called “Aspycadabra” to critical acclaim.
Dawn Prince Hughes was a zoo helper at Seattle's Woodlands Park Zoo, working with Silver Back gorillas. She challenged the accepted scientific view, which is the human thought process is very different to gorillas. Her pioneering work led to new developments and understanding in how gorillas communicate and behave. She wrote the ground breaking book "Songs of The Gorilla Nation". She is now an anthropologist and adjunct professor at Western Washington University, Washington State, USA.
Dawn was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome aged 36.
Her modest stage presence and thick accent left viewers initially underwhelmed. Then STUNNED minutes later; as she gloriously sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables.
She's sold over 19 million albums, won 2 Emmy's and rocked a sellout tour. For several years her behaviors and social skills made her labeled “different” by the media. As a child bullies taunted ridiculed her as “Simple Susan”.
In 2012 she was diagnosed with Asperger's.
Fascinated with collecting insects as a child: he was nicknamed Dr. Bug.
As a teen his passion was video games. In 1991 he saw 2 kids playing Game Boy machines with a link cable joining them up.
Satoshi visualized little insects crawling between the 2 machines on the cable. His BIG aha moment… Pokemon was born! He described the idea as “A way for children of a new generation to have a chance to collect insects and other creatures the way I did.”
He has inspired literally millions of kids around the world.
“Only someone who has Asperger's would read a subprime-mortgage-bond prospectus!” His obsessional and all-encompassing focus gave Michael the edge.
These are just several of the thousands of inspirational Aspies . . .
* Clay Marzo (Surfer)
* Temple Grandin (Professor of Animal Sciences and Autism Expert)
* Darryl Hannah (Actress)
* James Durbin (American Idol star)
* Gary Numan (1980's pop star)
* Heather Kuzmick (Star of America's Next Top Model)
While the vast majority of people with Asperger's don't become famous world icons. (And to be honest - would you want the constant glare of fame on you or your child anyway?)
The point is - Asperger's doesn't need to limit your life.