Autism groups applaud Jerry Seinfeld’s admission to being on the spectrum

(PIX11) — Part of the conversation with NBC’s Brian Williams was about Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” During the interview, Seinfeld opened up about autism and what he has suspected about himself.
Ken Siri is a board member for the National Autism Association, NY Metro Chapter. His 16-year-old son, Alex, is on the autism spectrum.
Siri told PIX11 that he hopes Jerry Seinfeld’s comments can raise awareness about the autism spectrum.
In the interview with Williams, Seinfeld said:
“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum.”
Seinfeld went on later to say:
“But, I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
At Tom’s Restaurant, in Morningside Heights, a restaurant made famous during NBC’s Seinfeld series, fans reacted to Seinfeld’s comments.
Before Seinfeld, in the past, celebrities like Daryl Hannah and Dan Akroyd have come forward saying they are on the spectrum.
Liz Feld, the President of “Autism Speaks” released this statement:
“Jerry Seinfeld has been a champion of the autism community and Autism Speaks for years. The autism spectrum is very broad, representing a diverse community of individuals with a range of talents as well as challenges. There are many people on the spectrum who can relate to Jerry’s heartfelt comments about his own experiences.”

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  • Anne Dachel

    “Ken Siri is a board member for the National Autism Association, NY Metro Chapter. His 16-year-old son, Alex, is on the autism spectrum.
    “Siri told PIX11 that he hopes Jerry Seinfeld’s comments can raise awareness about the autism spectrum.”

    I hope people pay attention to what Ken Siri said. His son is 16 and he’s non-verbal. He can’t communicate.
    The current autism rate is one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys. That’s a lot of children. Experts tell us that 25 percent of them are non-verbal. Furthermore, 30 percent of them experienced a loss of learned skills and regression into autism and doctors can’t tell us why it happens. And 50 percent of children with autism are prone to wandering. None of this describes Jerry Seinfeld.

    Seinfeld is 60 years old. No one has ever found a rate of autism among older people even remotely close to what we see in our children–especially ones with severe autism whose symptoms are easily recognized. We need answers to explain why stories about autism are overwhelmingly about CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. We have a generation of disabled children that will be aging out of school with nowhere to go. Many of them will not be able to live independently and it will be left to the taxpayers to pay the cost of caring for all these adults who aren’t here now.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

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