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Calls to Action's List of Famous People Living with Autism

June 17, 2014

(June 17, 2014) -- released a list highlighting today's most successful people with autism. The list was created with the goals of spreading awareness about some of today's most widely known advocates and providing role models for children with autism on the road to adulthood. 

You can read the entire list here. People who made the list include...

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is an autism advocate who rose to fame as an author of several books on autism, in addition to the 2010 HBO Film on her life titled 'Temple Grandin'. She speaks across the country about her life growing up with autism and is a professor at Colorado University. 

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle is a 52-year-old church volunteer with Asperger Syndrome who has become a global star in the music industry. Boyle shot to fame on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. A devout Catholic who lived on welfare handouts, she became an overnight sensation after her rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical Les Miserables went viral on the internet.

Dan Aykroyd

Photo: Bob Bekian, Creative CC BY-SA 2.0

Academy Award Nominated actor and writer Dan Aykroyd has been contributing to films since the late 1970s. He first came out about his autism diagnosis in 2004. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Dan shared how his Asperger Syndrome contributed to the inspiration for the hit movie Ghostbusters.