Gary Numan and Asperger’s

Gary Numan has been at the forefront of the British music industry for 40 years - an innovator who found fame with his pioneering synthesiser sound at the very start of the new wave era.After being diagnosed as having Asperger's syndrome as a young man, the star has attributed much of his success to the fact that it makes him look at the world in a different way.His positive outlook on his life and condition has been an inspiration to other people with Asperger's, especially since he... more

Asperger’s: The Love of Animals

People with Asperger’s syndrome often tend to bond more easily with animals than they do with people. Medical research has shown that pets can be highly beneficial for children with Asperger's, as an animal gives affection unconditionally, is non-judgmental and provides emotional and physical therapy.Austrian paediatrician and medical professor Hans Asperger wrote the first definition of Asperger's syndrome in 1944. He noted symptoms such as a limited ability to form friendships, a lack... more

Bobby Vee

American singer Bobby Vee was just 15 years old when a tragic accident led to the sudden launch of his career as a rock 'n' roll legend. The teenager was vocalist with a band, the Shadows, when three of his idols - Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, alias Jiles Perry Richardson - died in a plane crash in 1959.Their pilot, Roger Peterson, was flying them to a show when their plane crashed near Clear Lake in Iowa, on 3rd February. All four died after the aircraft took off from... more

Daryl Hannah

Famous for her role as a mermaid in the 1984 movie, Splash, American actress Daryl Hannah hasn't let her childhood autism diagnosis interfere with her rise to Hollywood superstardom.The 57-year-old Chicago-born star played a mermaid who fell in love with human Tom Hanks in the romantic comedy. Hanks played a New York businessman who was depressed following the break-up of his relationship. He returns to his home town of Cape Cod, where he falls into the sea after his motorboat breaks... more

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Famous for films such as the award-winning Silence of the Lambs, and more recently for the TV science fiction series Westworld, Sir Anthony Hopkins is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors in the world.In a series of frank interviews, the veteran star revealed he has been diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome. The diagnosis has helped him to analyse why he often felt troubled in his youth, but with no idea why. An "insecure loner"The 80-year-old Welsh-born... more

Barbara Windsor

Veteran actress Dame Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The 80-year-old former EastEnders star received the diagnosis in April 2014, but she and her husband decided to go public this week, to help other families living with the condition.Alzheimer's affects around 850,000 people in the UK and is the most common type of dementia. A progressive neurological disease, it impacts on multiple brain functions, including the memory.Although the exact cause of the... more

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