How Hollywood’s Autism Fantasies Undermine Autism Employment

NEW YORK, NY — SEPTEMBER 27: Larry David attends the ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ season 9 premiere at SVA Theater on September 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)

By Michael Bernick

In a recent Curb Your Enthusiasm episode (Season 9, “Namaste”) Larry David pretends to be on the autism spectrum to win sympathy from an African-American mechanic he has insulted. Of course, as widely noted in the autism blogosphere, this is insensitive and inappropriate. But there is more honesty (and humor) in this one scene than in all of…

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