As Amy Schumer revealed in her latest Netflix special, her husband, chef Chris Fischer, has autism spectrum disorder.
She revealed that when she first met Fischer, she always knew his brain worked differently than her’s, but that what she loved most about him.
Schumer said on the special:
“I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine. My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s. He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on.”
Shortly after the special went live on Netflix, Schumer and Fischer welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Gene.
And after the comedian took to Instagram to ask her fans if they would “be interested in seeing a docu-series of my pregnancy and birth,” a follower asked her how she copes with the possibility that Gene will also be on the spectrum.
The follower commented:
Not really, honestly. I think you’re great, I just feel like it’s self-serving and overdone. I’d like to see a documentary of you discovering your mate is diagnosed with autism and how you cope with the possibility that your child will be on the spectrum…
Schumer eventually responded to the comment saying:
How I cope? 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? I will pay attention and try and provide him with the tools he needs to overcome whatever challenges come up like all parents. I’d be disappointed if he liked the Big Bang Theory and NASCAR, not if he has ASD.
And hundreds applauded the comedian and new mom for her response.
One person wrote:
Thank you for this amazing response. My 10-year-old son has high functioning autism, he is AMAZING and has come so far with the love and support of his parents and therapists. I hope and pray that celebrities like yourself get the word out that having Autism is not a bad thing!! Just like having ADD, Anxiety, or BiPolar disorder is not a bad thing. People are so misinformed, especially when it comes to Autism. It’s a Spectrum, if you have met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism.
While another said:
I have two children on the spectrum and they’re the most amazing and funny and just beautiful people. I absolutely love your response! It’s nothing to “cope” with, they’re perfect exactly how they are.
And many others who have children with autism said that they hope their child finds a significant other like Amy, who will accept them and love them for who they are.