Photo of Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer in the spectrum logo format, with quote

 

Amy Schumer has opened up about her husband, Chris Fischer, being on the autistic spectrum in her new Netflix stand up special, Growing.

Chris Fischer is an American chef and farmer. Fischer’s cookbook, The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook, won the 2016 James Beard Award that recognises the achievements of culinary professionals in the United States.

"I knew from the beginning that my husband's brain was a little different than mine," she told the audience.

Once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him.

“He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.”

Amy Schumer then spoke to Seth Meyers on Wednesday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers about why she decided to reveal her husband’s autism diagnosis.

“The tools that we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life more manageable. So I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of [the stigma about being an autistic person]” she said.

Chris’ trajectory is not like everybody on the spectrum, but this is our story. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m so nice that I married someone on the autistic spectrum. I fell in love with him and I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody.

With two weeks to go until World Autism Awareness Week, we are pleased that Amy has focused on a loving relationship with her autistic partner. Embracing differences encourages people to share their stories and seek the right support, creating a society that works for autistic people.

You can watch Amy Schumer talk about why she decided to open up about autism in her new stand up special, Growing, in this clip from Late Night with Seth Meyers below.

Amy Schumer: Growing is available to stream on Netflix.

 

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