Living with Autism: Daryl Hannah Opens Up. {Video}

Via Jennifer S. White
on Sep 29, 2013
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Daryl Hannah who made a splash in, well, Splash—as well as other blockbuster hits—revealed recently that she was diagnosed with autism as a child.

While doctors wanted her institutionalized, her mother refused—and encouraged her to act.

Hannah’s revelation is potentially huge considering the stigma that still sadly surrounds autism. Her brave candor could hopefully mean that other children diagnosed with autism realize that they can live not only healthy lives, but that they, too, have the ability to pursue their dreams.

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She's also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.


2 Responses to “Living with Autism: Daryl Hannah Opens Up. {Video}”

  1. Simona Rich says:

    One of my best friends is autistic and she's such a lovely girl who achieved so much. People shouldn't be judged on this basis.

  2. Absolutely. That's why I shared this—to remind people that stigmas cloud the reality of who people are.