Prison Break Actor, Wentworth Miller Diagnosed With Autism
The 49-year-old actor made this known in a post via his Instagram account on Wednesday, saying the news came as a shock but not a surprise.
Autism is a developmental disability which can impair the ability to communicate and socially interact, and is defined by a certain set of behaviors, according to Autism Society of America.
The organization revealed that more than three million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder, and about one percent of the world population has autism.
CDC reported in March 2020 that autism ‘is the fastest-growing developmental disability.’
Like everyone, life in quarantine took things from me but in the quiet/isolation, I found unexpected gifts.
This fall marks 1 year since I received my informal autism diagnosis. Preceded by a self-diagnosis which was followed by a formal diagnosis.
I don’t know enough about autism. Right now my work looks like it is evolving my understanding. Re-examining 5 decades of lived experience through a new lens.
Meanwhile, I don’t want to run the risk of suddenly being a loud, ill-informed voice in the room. The autistic community has historically been talked over.
If anyone’s interested in delving deeper into autism I’ll point you toward the numerous individuals sharing thoughtful + inspiring content on Instagram, TikTok… Unpacking terminology. Adding nuance. Fighting stigma. That’s the extent of what I’m inclined to share atm.
I also want to say to the many people who consciously or unconsciously gave me that extra bit of grace and space over the years, allowed me to move thru the world in a way that made sense to me whether or not it made sense to them, I just want to say thank you.
He recommended connecting with #neurodiversity content creators on TikTok and Instagram who are fighting stigmas and unpacking harmful terminology.
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Miller found fame as Michael Scofield in the Fox series Prison Break in 2005. He came out as gay while declining an invite to the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival in 2013 due to the country’s human rights issues.