“Like everyone else, life in quarantine took things from me.” It is with these few words that Wentworth Miller, who became known with his role in the series “Prison Break”, debuted a message posted on his Instagram account. A long note in which he reveals to be autistic, and to have discovered it a year ago during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a diagnosis. “This fall will mark one year since I received my informal autism diagnosis, preceded by a self-diagnosis, followed by an official diagnosis. It was a long and imperfect process that I think could use an update. », He announces. The 49-year-old actor evokes, on this subject, “a privilege that many do not have. ”
For the latter, the news “was a shock, but not a surprise”. Wentworth Miller, not very active on social networks, wanted to share his experience as openly as possible, but does not intend to make this event a cause for which he would be a spokesperson. “There is now a common cultural narrative (in which I participated) which says that a public figure expresses himself on such and such a subject A, B, C and devotes himself to D, E, F. Good for them, really. . But that’s not necessarily what’s going to happen here. “, He assured. Because as the famous actor himself reveals, he does not not know enough about autism, as “there is a lot to know. ”
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He adds: “now my job is to improve understanding. Re-examine five decades of lived experience through a new prism. It will take time. In the meantime, the latter “doesn’t want to run the risk of suddenly being a loud and uninformed voice of the room.” The autistic community (which I know) has historically been talked about and we have spoken for it. I don’t want to hurt more. Just raise your hand and say: I am here, I have been (without realizing it). The actor invites his subscribers to learn about this subject from people who share thoughtful content on social networks, with the aim in particular to fight against stigma.
Wentworth Miller explains that he “understood immediately than being autistic is at the heart of who I am. Of all that I managed to do. “The last part of his message serves as a thank you to the” many people who, consciously or unconsciously, have granted him a little more grace and space over the years, allowing him to move forward in the world of a way that made sense to him, whether it made sense to them or not. »Note that this is not the first personality to publicly reveal their autism : Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and most recently businessman Elon Musk have revealed to be autistic Asperger’s (Asperger’s syndrome).
Asperger’s syndrome is a particular form of the autism spectrum without intellectual disability that is part of the “high” end of the autism continuum. More generally, autism spectrum disorders group together a set of conditions characterized by a certain degree of impairment in social behavior and communication. The features of autism can be detected in young children, but autism is often not diagnosed until much later. WHO estimates that a person out of 160 in the world present an autism spectrum disorder, but this estimate is only an average and the prevalence varies considerably from study to study.