Recently, Amy Schumer opened up about her husband Chris Fischer’s autism spectrum disorder, and she encouraged others to get tested. For the 40-year-old Schumer, she found a silverling after learning about his condition something which she highlighted in her documentary “Expecting Amy.”
Schumer was a contestant on the fifth season of the NBC reality series Last Comic Standing in 2007. And she stated that Chris’s diagnosis has really helped the couple gain strength in their relationship.
Typically, people with Asperger’s disorders have difficulties with social, communication, and behavioral challenges. As a result, they are often viewed as being “different” because they do not fit into “traditional” ways of human interactions. The best-selling book The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida sheds light on the challenges of being diagnosed with ASD.
Schumer shared the entire testing process of what her husband went through to get the diagnosis. Typically, the assessment consists of a detailed clinical interview. Then a brief speech and language evaluation to examine social communication. Finally, a brief occupational therapy evaluation to examine any sensory difficulties.
Schumer was the creator, co-producer, co-writer, and star of the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, for which she received a Peabody Award and for which Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015.
She mentioned how several people in general and fans in specific have told her how her documentary has changed their lives and motivated them to get tested. In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data. In addition, boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
Fans commented on her Instagram by showing their full support and commending her for opening up and getting her husband tested. Someone posted, “My husband was diagnosed at 39-years old after YEARS of mistreatment.”
Schumer first opened up about her husband’s ASD during her Netflix special Amy Schumer: Growing. “I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine.” In her post, Schumer added, “We want to encourage parents and people to give themselves the gift of information so people can function to the best of their abilities and remove any stigma that comes with autism.”