Is Jerry Seinfeld on the autism spectrum and what is the impact of his comments?

Optimized-Depositphotos_15189509_originalJerry Seinfeld –  when comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke with NBC Nightly News this past week about his new show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” he also shared insights into the fact that he believes he is somewhere on the autism spectrum.

He told host, Brian Williams:

“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum,”

When asked how he had self diagnosed himself, he told that engaging socially with people is a problem for him as well as the fact that he is very literal, and that it is hard for him to interpret another person’s expressions.

However he further added that he does not see this as being dysfunctional.

“I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”

One autism advocate who believes that Seinfeld’s comments are positive and can help to end stigma, is the president of the Autistic Advocacy Network,  Ari Ne’eman. The Bustle state:

“Think about what this does for a closeted autistic person who goes into the workplace knowing that their co-workers have just seen somebody they know, respect, and have a positive opinion of, like Jerry Seinfeld, identify in this way — it’s a valuable and important step in building a greater tolerance for autism.”

The president of Autism Speaks, Liz Feld, believes that there are many people who are on the autism spectrum who can relate to Jerry Seinfeld’s words.

You can view more on this story below, video from NBC news site.