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Amy Schumer raises awareness about adult autism spectrum disorder through her husband’s recent diagnosis

Comedian Amy Schumer revealed last week on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that her 42-year-old husband, chef Chris Fischer, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as an adult, which is helping raise awareness that the condition can also be diagnosed as we get older.

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Autism is often diagnosed in children around a toddler’s age, but “high-functioning” autism may not be diagnosed until adulthood, according to Healthline. 

“Autism was seen as rare in the 1980’s and 1990’s, occurring in 3-7 children in 10,000, but now autism spectrum disorder is identified in 1 in 44 children. There are many genetic and developmental causes, but generally the cause is unknown,” Dr. Robert Diamond told Fox News.

Diamond’s a retired director of Kaiser Permanente Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic in Rancho Cordova, Calif., with over 40 years of experience treating children and adults with ASD.

ASD is characterized by difficulty with social interactions, like difficulty making or keeping friends, avoiding eye contact with others, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors with extreme difficulty with change, according the American Psychiatric Association. 

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Some signs of autism in adults include: preferring to work or play by yourself, having rigid routines, making noises in usually quiet areas, having difficulty regulating emotions or being unable to read body language – like facial expressions when someone is happy or sad with you, according to Healthline.

“And people don’t know much about autism, they’re just like, ‘Oh does [my husband] love to count? Should we drop a bunch of straws on the floor?’ And I’m like, ‘No, actually do it, he’ll probably love it,’” the 40-year-old Schumer joked when speaking to Ellen DeGeneres. 

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“If somebody’s telling a long, boring story, he will straight up just walk away. He’ll just wander away, and then I’m just still stuck there.”

Click here for more resources on ASD from Autism Speaks and here for a list of signs and symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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