Asperger’s: Greta Thunberg normalises the condition that led to exclusion of so many in the past – Daily Maverick

Swedish sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) participates in the climate strike in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 27 September 2019. EPA-EFE/VALERIE BLUM

She has been called awkward and antisocial but is not offended by that and has no problem telling people that she has Asperger’s syndrome. Greta Thunberg has not only drawn international attention to climate change, but also to Asperger’s or autism.

Seventeen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is currently the most famous person with Asperger’s. Other stars with the condition include Britain’s Got Talent’s Susan Boyle, Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri and Academy Award-winning Sir Anthony Hopkins. Thunberg has spoken openly (and proudly) about her diagnosis, going as far as to call it her “superpower”.

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