Raymond (Rainman) has autism and is a savant who adheres to strict routines. He has superb recall, but shows very little emotional expression except when he's in distress.
Elon Musk is a South-African born American entrepreneur who cofounded six companies including electric car maker Tesla, rocket producer SpaceX and tunneling startup Boring Company. In addition, Musk aquired Twitter earlier this year.
Statistics enthusiast and geneticist by training, Eliana was diagnosed with autism at 43, after having two children and identifying traits in one of them. She emigrated to the United States at 16 years old to begin college and start her adult life and struggled to find friends and partners who understood and accepted all her quirks and eccentricities.
Mary Temple Grandin
Mary Temple Grandin is an American scientist, academic and animal behaviorist. She is a prominent supporter the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter and the author of more than 60 scientific papers on animal behavior. Grandin is a consultant to the livestock industry, where she offers advice on animal behavior, and is also an autism spokesperson.
Autistic model and photographer, Brytny is a loving and passionate mother of two beautiful children. She was a well-spoken, eloquent and kind child, always performing well above expectations in scholastic environments. She is also delightfully funny and vibrant.
Successful entrepreneur and previously a long-time hospital executive, Shawn found his neurodivergent analytical talents were unlocked with the increasing autonomy he was provided. Shawn has a beautiful, loving family and a contagiously positive outlook. As a father, he encourages his children to dream big and never settle. Shawn has defied all expectations of himself and of others through grit, perserverence, and authenticity.
Breanna Clark was diagnosed with autism at age four. She is the daughter of 4X400 meters relay silver medalist Rosalyn Clark. During the 2021 Paralympics, Breanna won every major race she competed in, including the women's 400m T20 gold medal.
Sheldon Cooper started college at the age of 11 and earned his first Ph.D. at the age of 16. He is proudly geeky and adheres strictly to his routine and hygiene. He has an intellectual personality but doesn't really understand irony, sarcasm or humor.
Maisie Soetantyo is an openly autistic advocate and inclusivity trainer who started a nonprofit with a mission to increase hiring and long-term retention rates for autistic individuals seeking careers in all types of businesses. Maisie also believes that autistic individuals can redefine meaningful employment as small business owners.
Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor) is a young autistic savant surgical resident at the fictional San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.
Systems neuroscientist, cybernetician, and storyteller with a contagious personality and positive perspective on life. She was diagnosed with autism at 9 years old, wrote a 45-page documentary on human behavior in middle school, and volunteered in the emergency room and medical/surgical unit of the Simi Valley Hospital in high school.
We are on a mission to show the world our limitless potential and brilliance.
Neurodiversity Foundation is a non-profit built and run by the neurodiverse, for the neurodiverse. We provide a platform for autistic advocates to speak to their experience and provide language for others to do the same. We are rewriting a highly stigmatized narrative by reframing misconceptions around autism and the inaccurately forecasted "outcomes" that harm a child's self-efficacy. Our community projects are evaluated through a lens of empowerment. Utilizing a strengths-first approach, we empower individuals to feel proud of their identity rather than limited by it.
Together we will unlock our strengths and vastly surpass expectations.
We are beautiful.
We are unique.
We are capable.
We are divergent.