On Sunday, August 11, 2019 comedian and actress Amy Schumer posted a picture on Instagram with her newborn son, Gene, with the caption “Would anyone be interested in seeing a docu series of my pregnancy and birth?” The picture has received over 550,000 likes and many positive comments by her enthusiastic Instagram fanbase. However, one user responded to the post with a different suggestion of a documentary series which sparked Schumer’s fantastic reply.
On the post, the user commented – “Not really, honestly. I’d like to see a documentary of you discovering your mate is diagnosed with autism and how you cope with the possibility that your child will be on the spectrum….”
In her Netflix special “Growing,” Schumer reveals that her husband, Chris Fischer, has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, Schumer has been answering many questions about autism.
Schumer was quick to reply to this user on her Instagram, responding in a respectful and positive way –
how I cope? I don’t see being on the spectrum as a negative thing. My husband is my favorite person I’ve ever met. He’s kind, hilarious, interesting and talented and I admire him. Am I supposed to hope my son isn’t like that? I will pay attention and try and provide him with the tools he needs to overcome whatever challenges come up like all parents. I’d be disappointed if he liked the Big Bang theory and nascar not if he has ASD.
Schumer was adamant about autism not being something that needs to be “coped” with. Through her social media, she has spread awareness and positivity in response to any users who have negative assumptions of autism. Although being diagnosed can be difficult for parents, it is important to love, accept, and respect all individuals because those with autism are not disabled – just differently-abled!