‘Wall Street’ Actress Daryl Hannah Is An Autistic Woman

Forbes | Sept 29, 2013
by Emily Willingham

Daryl Hannah actress and autistic woman

Daryl Hannah
Monte-Carlo 2008

Daryl Hannah has made headlines for opening up publicly about being autistic, a diagnosis she received as a child. Hannah is 52 and a woman, which makes her what some people consider to be a rare entity in the autistic population: female and middle-aged.

Hannah could not, as a child, have received a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, as that diagnostic category didn’t exist then–and is about to cease existence again. Her autism, she has said, left her with debilitating shyness and a need to rock for self-soothing and made public events a terror for her. At the time she was diagnosed, Hannah has said in interviews, medical professionals recommended that she be medicated and institutionalized. Instead, she went on to act in some movies you might have heard of before transitioning to a quieter life.

When it comes to autism and being a girl or woman, a unique set of issues emerges. Autism is frequently described as a condition that affects three or four times as many boys as girls. In addition, girls who are diagnosed at a young age tend to exhibit more intense symptoms of autism. What that implies, at least for some experts, is that girls and women often go undetected, not standing out as much from their peers as autistic boys across the spectrum might.

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Scott Robertson: Life on the Spectrum – Conversation from Penn State

Scott Robertson is self-advocate who serves as an advisory board member for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services.

Scott is an autistic self-advocate and doctoral candidate at Penn State, talks about expanding societal acceptance and discusses his research on using the Internet as a communication tool for individuals with autism.

Among many other roles that he holds, Scott has also been a featured presenter during the Bureau of Autism Services Annual PA Autism Training Conference and the PA Department of Education National Autism Conference.

see on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSF54TPef8s&feature=player_detailpage

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