By Natasha Jokic, Buzzfeed
Amy Schumer discussed the possibility of her two-year-old son, Gene, being diagnosed with autism.
For context, Amy’s husband Chris Fischer was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder while the couple were dating. Amy has since been open about the benefits the diagnosis gave to their relationship, saying last year on Instagram, “Being tested and diagnosed has helped us communicate and support each other better.”
Speaking on the Dear Chelsea podcast, Amy said, “I think the statistics are pretty strong toward [our son] will most likely have autism.”
“Parents have different journeys with this. Having a child with severe autism is beyond my imagination difficult.”
“But if Gene does wind up having ASD, I’m not looking for the signs in a way that are upsetting. I’m not hoping either way. Most of my favorite people are on the spectrum.”
“You just want your kids to be healthy and happy,” she added. “I don’t think it’s scary at all!”
“Not everybody’s like some incredible genius with autism, but most people have a real talent for something. They’re beautiful, loving, kind people, and good partners. I’m so sorry that they’re not going to be able to do a good job active listening to you at a party, but I think that’s okay!”
This mirrors what Amy said back in 2019 when an Instagram commenter asked how she would “cope” if her son had autism like her husband, and she replied, “I don’t see being on the spectrum as a negative thing. My husband is my favorite person I’ve ever met. He’s kind, hilarious, interesting, and talented, and I admire him. Am I supposed to hope my son isn’t like that?”
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