Amy Schumer is sharing how she has no expectations when it comes to her son Gene David being on the autism spectrum.
In a new episode of Chelsea Handler‘s podcast Dear Chelsea, the 40-year-old revealed her feelings on if her 2½-year-old son would be diagnosed with autism.
Schumer’s husband Fischer, 42, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as an adult, which she revealed during her Netflix special Growing in 2019.
“I think the statistics are pretty strong toward he will most likely have autism,” Schumer tells Handler of her son.
“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,” she continues.
“He’s 2½ and I think they don’t diagnose children until maybe 6 at the earliest I think. You can see some signs but the diagnosis doesn’t come until later and I can say honestly I don’t have a preference either way,” adds Schumer.
“You just want your kids to be healthy and happy.”
Previously, Amy shared her thoughts on the topic in August 2019 when an Instagram user commented on one of her posts asking how she “cope[s] with the possibility that your child will be on the spectrum …”
To which Schumer replied, “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?”
The actress went on to promise she would “pay attention and try and provide” her son “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,” Schumer joked.
Schumer had her first child in May 2019 with Fischer, whom she married in February 2018. And in March 2019 she revealed that Fischer had ASD, sharing how she “knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” and that the chef “was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s.”
Amy continued on elsewhere in her hour-long Netflix special that the qualities “that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons I fell madly in love with him.”
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