Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that is characterised by difficulty with social interaction and repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour. It affects the nervous system to varying degrees and the severity can be mild or debilitating.
While the development order affects people differently, it could happen to anyone. In fact, 50,000 people are living with autism in Singapore with 11,500 of them under the age of 19-years-old, according to the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore).
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the world’s most famous people are affected too, and many have chosen to speak out to end the stigma associated. Below are a list of celebrities who have spoken out about autism and are doing their bit to end the stigma surrounding this disease: