Amy Schumer Challenges How We View Autism in Inspiring Post

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Amy Schumer
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Love her or hate her, this expectant mom-to-be is growing on people -- and scoring some serious points with this post. Amy Schumer has a message about autism and how society categorizes people with different abilities. It's pretty great and just might challenge all of us to rethink our words.

  • To celebrate Autism Awareness Day, Amy reshared an image that corrects how we talk about people who might be on the spectrum.

    "... [I]n our experience receiving a diagnosis of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] was in NO WAY BAD NEWS," Amy Schumer captions her Instagram post, discussing her husband.

    "It was empowering and exciting to have answers and be given tools to move forward. Receiving the diagnosis and the information that came with it was affirming and we are both so grateful. Some people are confused and their instinct was to say 'I'm so sorry.' Sorry for what? My husband is my absolute favorite person. Do you hear that @kimcaramele (my sister) I wouldn't change him. Not one bit. He is creative, funny, brilliant, brave and I admire him more than anyone. I hope our perspective is any way helpful."

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  • People are flooding Amy's Instagram with nothing but praise -- including parents with autistic children.

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    Autism specrtum disorder has been described as a "broad range of conditions" that can affect everything from speech and communicating to social skills and behavior. Autism Speaks notes the various subtypes of ASD that therefore make it difficult to label everyone together as "versions" of autism are often "influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors."

  • Recently, Amy Schumer opened up about her husband, Chris Fischer, being on the autism spectrum.

    Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
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    "I knew from the beginning that my husband's brain was a little different than mine," Amy reveals about her husband, Chris, in her Netflix special, Growing.

    "My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger's. He has autism spectrum disorder. He's on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on .... Once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he's on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him. That's the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn't care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do."

  • Thank you for challenging us, Amy.

    We need to change how we view autism and people who are on the spectrum.

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