Amy Schumer recently announced that her husband, Chris Fischer has autism spectrum disorder.
On March 19, she released her Netflix comedy special, Growing, and spoke out about her husband’s diagnosis.
Schumer talked about the diagnosis on the Late Show with Seth Meyers. “I think a lot of people resist getting diagnosed … because some of stigma that comes with it.”
Fischer is a James Beard award-winning chef and author. Schumer encourages autism diagnosis and hopes that through more people speaking out about their experience, autism spectrum disorder can become less of a stigma.
“The tools we have been given [since his diagnosis] has made his life so much better,” She said to Meyers.
Many fans reached out to the comedian on Twitter, thanking her using her platform to help destigmatize autism and autism diagnosis.
It often isn’t until after a diagnosis that the resources so many organizations offer becomes helpful to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
According to Dr. Van Zwanenberg, who spoke to PrioryGroup, a provider of behavioral care in the United Kingdom, “once diagnosed, the young person [with autism] can understand themselves better and realise that are not alone in the way they feel. Their parents and the professionals working with them can all learn how best to help them. The right services can be accessed and adaptations can be put into place in the educational setting.”