Jerry Seinfeld: I'm on Autism Spectrum 'Basic social engagement is really a struggle' By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 8, 2014 6:48 AM CST 65 comments Comments Jerry Seinfeld in an Oct. 19 photo. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) (Newser) – Jerry Seinfeld is making headlines for an interview with Brian Williams of NBC in which he says he thinks he's at least mildly autistic. "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum," he says. Williams presses him for details, recounts USA Today, and the comedian elaborates: "You know, never paying attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle." "I'm very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying. But I don't see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset." This appears to be a self-diagnosis, and a follow-up story at NBC quotes the president of the National Autism Association who worries that it might oversimplify the disorder. But the president of the Autistic Advocacy Network takes a different view: "Think about what this does for a closeted autistic person who goes into the workplace knowing that their co-workers have just seen somebody they know, respect, and have a positive opinion of, like Jerry Seinfeld, identify in this way—it’s a valuable and important step in building a greater tolerance for autism."