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 At AV we view our community's neuro-differences through a strengths based lens.  

Our autistic minds have a different way of operating that is different to the nerve-normative model used by our medical community. Often our community are diagnosed through the deficit lens of the medical model where challenges and issues are highlighted more than our strengths. 

A key aim for our organisation is to help our autistics realise we are not defective, just different. And discover our individual strengths- often beyond a neuro-normal mind.  With many of our challenges being due to the lack of a suitable environment we are in, or the individual communication challenges of our neurology or trauma. However we see in our peer groups and activities how our challenges melt away with peer to peer in the right environment where stressors are managed. 

Critical to empowering our autistics is understanding and acceptance with a strengths based view of each individual and their way of living. 

People you know who may have Aspergers MINDS

Famous Aspie People mentioned or surmised to BE Aspergers AUTISTICS. Those with ‘C’ are confirmed:


Bill Gross - successful investment manager (C): his video about his diagnosis is here

Dan Aykroyd – Comedic Actor (C)

Hans Christian Andersen – Children’s Author

Benjamin Banneker – African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer

Susan Boyle – Singer (C)

Tim Burton – Movie Director (C)

David Campion - champion snowboarder

Lewis Carroll – Author of “Alice in Wonderland”

Henry Cavendish – Scientist Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist

Emily Dickinson – Poet

Paul Dirac – Physicist Albert Einstein – Scientist & Mathematician

Bobby Fischer – Chess Grandmaster

Bill Gates – Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation

Temple Grandin – Animal Scientist (C)

Daryl Hannah – Actress & Environmental Activist (C)

Thomas Jefferson – Early American Politician

Steve Jobs – Former CEO of Apple

James Joyce – Author of “Ulysses”

Alfred Kinsey – Sexologist & Biologist

Stanley Kubrick – Film Director

Barbara McClintock – Scientist and Cytogeneticist

Michelangelo – Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Poet

Chris Packham - naturalist, TV presenter (C)

Gary Numan - singer and songwriter

Michael Burry - USA physician, investor and hedge fund manager: Movie the Big Short based on him (C)

Dawn Prince-Hughes - PhD, primate anthropologist, ethologist, and author of Songs for the Gorilla Nation

Jerry Newport - American author and mathematical savant, basis of the film Mozart and the Whale

John Elder Robison - author of Look Me in the Eye

Judy Singer - Australian disability rights activist, sociologist who coined term neurodiversity

Liane Holliday Willey - author of Pretending to be Normal, Asperger Syndrome in the Family; Asperger syndrome advocate; education professor; and adult diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 35

Travis Meeks - lead singer, guitarist and song writer for acoustic rock band Days of the New

Lizzy Clark - actress and campaigner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical Composer

Ulysse Delsaux & Cody Ware - Racecar drivers (C)

Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Astronomer, & Physicist

Carl Sagan - Astronomer (C)

Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian

Satoshi Tajiri – Creator of Nintendo’s Pokémon (C)

Nikola Tesla – Inventor Andy Warhol – Artist

Ludwig Wittgenstein – Philosopher William Butler Yeats – Poet

Donna Williams - autism advocate, author, speaker, change maker and more (C)

Alix Generous - professional speaker, neuroscientist, author, artist, consultant, comedian, and media producer (C)

Carly Fulgham - technology project lead for national bank and is President of Autism Society of America Ventura (C)

Marie-Curie - scientist who pioneered research on radioactivity

Barbara McClintock – Scientist and Cytogeneticist

Francis Galton - scientist, mathematician and discovered fingerprints

Sir Isaac Newton

Stephen Fry – actor (C)

Courtney Love - actor, musician and was the wife of Kurt Cobain (C)

James Durbin - musician

Paddy Considine - actor (C)

Clay Marzo - professional surfer (C)

Daniel Tammet - savant

Gary Numan - British singer and songwriter

Sir Anthony Hopkins – actor (C)

Barry Humphries – actor (C)

Alan Turing - father of modern computing, mathematician and logician, code breaker in WW2

Henry Ford - maker of Ford

Dan Harmon - Comedy fans will recognize Dan Harmon as the writer and creator of the hit show Community (C)

Heather Zumich- top model (C)

Dr. Vernon Smith - Professor of Economics, Chapman University, practically invented the field of experimental economics — an achievement for which he won the Nobel Prize in 2002. Credits Aspergers for his success. (C)

Alexis Wineman - first Miss America and model (C)

Adam Young - the singer and songwriter behind Owl City, is a successful musician with Aspergers

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