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Amy Schumer on why she revealed man's autism diagnosis



The comedian / actress came out on Wednesday night's episode of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and discussed why she chose to go public with her husband Chris Fischer's diagnosis of a functioning autism spectrum disorder.

Amy Schumer reveals that you are on the autism spectrum

Schumer opened up on it in her new Netflix special "Growing", which started streaming Tuesday – and so far so good.

"So we both wanted to talk about it because it was quite positive," she told Meyers. "I think many people resist being diagnosed and even some of their children because of the stigma that comes with it."

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8, she married Fischer, a chef and cookbook author, and the couple expects their first child.

The glossary defines autism as "a developmental disorder of variable severity characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication and by limited or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior."

Getting a diagnosis has been extremely helpful, Schumer said.

"The tools we have been given have made their lives so much better and our marriage and our lives more manageable," she said. "I just wanted to encourage people not to be afraid of that stigma."

The star pointed out that at one point people were embarrassed to admit that they lacked attention and now many are talking about having it.

"I think there are many people with autism who go undiagnosed when I think their lives can be better if they have the tools," Schumer says.


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