Stop Using Autistic Characters as Plot Devices
Sarah Kurchak
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I’m mother of a beautiful autistic boy and I’m constantly trying to watch films about autism. I didn’t watch Rain Man, I for a start hate movies that puts a character with a disability of some kind changing so much the live of another just for the sake of changing it — I feel that this kind of movie is made only to make us cry and sincerely I already cry a bit myself alone. When I came across to Atypical I thought: wow! Finally something that maybe will shows that it’s not just hardships for us, parents, and how is to be a autist. Well, I watched one single time (I don’t have much free time), and on a first moment liked it so so much. But as I came to recall certains scenes, I came to question and feel very torn about it: I liked it because gave me somekind of hope, or I liked it because it really portaits autistic people as they really are? From the parent’s point of view, some of them didn’t like that it doesn’t show the “real” struggle — I didn’t mind it, I thought that it was about the son struggle but anyway… some of my autistic friends told me that they were torn too and it didn’t represented the totality. Today, your article clarified what was bothering me and I couldn’t describe it. Thank you for your brilliant text and a real lesson of representativity. Thank you so much. (my son is just 4 years old so I still couldn’t take his insight on that matter)

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