Everybody in this world wants to achieve something extraordinary in their life. Life has never been fair to all of us. There are people who have to fight harder and struggle more for their dreams. But at the end all of it seems to be worth it. History has been a beholder of some of the greatest achievements by people in due course of time. And it would be right to say that these achievements were more inspiring and acknowledged if the person had an apparent disability. One such disability is Autism. Growing up with autism isn’t always easy. It is a complex developmental disability and nowadays people are getting more and more aware about Autism.
Today we bring you some valiant people who have never let autism come in their path of glory and have amazed the world with their courage, passion, will and outstanding achievements. Their inspiring stories about undying will power and motivation are worth knowing.
1. Stephen Wiltshire
Stephen Wiltshire is an autistic British architectural artist. He is known for his unique ability to draw from memory very complex landscapes after seeing it just once. His work has gained worldwide popularity. At the age of three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He is a savant, a person with a development disability who develops extraordinary capacities often in the areas of memory, music and mathematics.
He was 8 when he landed his first commission – a sketch of Salisbury Cathedral for the former P.M. Edward Heath. He frequently draws entire cities from memory, based on single, brief helicopter rides. Wiltshire’s work has been the subject of many TV documentaries. Recently he is working on a 4-meter long landscape of the Mexico City after having flown over the city in a helicopter only once. He is known as the Human Camera.
2. Courtney Love
Courtney Love is a popular American musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s, her career has spanned four decades. When she was 9, she was diagnosed with a mild form of autism according to a”Courtney Love: The Real Story,”a biography by Poppy Z Brite. As a child she struggled academically and had trouble making friends.
In 2006, she revealed that she didn’t have a lot of social skills, and she learned them while frequenting gay clubs in Portland. She rose to prominence as the front woman of the alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Between 2014 and 2015, she debuted two solo singles and returned to acting in the network series Empire and Sons of Anarchy. Over the years she has experienced further mainstream success in acting as well as music.
3. James Durbin
James Durbin is an American singer and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California who finished in fourth place on the tenth season of American Idol. The American Idol alum has been able to make a career in music since his time on the show. At age 10, he was first diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and Tourette syndrome. The traits related to both the disorders made him a potential victim of bullying in childhood.
In 2011, he released his first album, titled Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. The album debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200.The song Screaming from his first album was actually inspired by his bullying experiences. He said “I could make the music as happy or as sad as I wanted it to be. I used the pain from being bullied to transform me into who I was meant to be.” In 2014, Durbin’s second album, Celebrate was released.
4. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah is an American film actress popularly known for her performances in the films Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias and Kill Bill. She appeared in several TV films and miniseries. In 2013, she opened up to People magazine about her diagnosis with autism as a child and living with it. She was diagnosed at a time when the disorder was not extensively understood resulting in recommendations of being institutionalised and medicated by doctors.
She explained “I’ve never been comfortable being the centre of attention, It’s always freaked me out.” So, she retreated her life from the A-list and became an active environmentalist. She is an accomplished theatre actress as well. Apart from that she has her own weekly video blog called DHLoveLife on sustainable solutions. She is a member of the World Future Council.
5. Matt Savage
Matt Savage is a famous American autistic musician. Just like Stephen Wiltshire, he is referred as an autistic savant. He was a precocious infant who walked early and learned to read by age 18 months. He was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder at age 3. During his early childhood, he did not like any noises or music. At 6, he taught himself to read piano music.
Despite his young age and his autism, and without formal instruction in musical composition, Matt is an accomplished musician and composer. He has released several albums, both as a solo performer and as part of the Matt Savage Trio. He has received many awards. He is the only child to be so recognised in the Bösendorfer company’s 175-year history. He has toured the world, performing for heads of state and others, and appearing on numerous television and radio programs.