#ActuallyAtypical: a Media Roundup of #ActuallyAutistic Thoughts on the Netflix Series Atypical

Reviews Alternate Atypical: Reimagining Netflix’s Atypical if it were Written by Actually Autistic People “For some reason, Netflix has classed all of this as a dramedy. The thing is it actually has the basic structure of what could have been a pretty good gritty drama. The show presents Sam and his actions as inherent and unavoidable … Continue reading #ActuallyAtypical: a Media Roundup of #ActuallyAutistic Thoughts on the Netflix Series Atypical

No, Bad TV Portrayals of Disability are Not Good Learning Opportunities.

"Hey everyone, you should totally watch Atypical  it's super informative about autism except for the pathologizing of misogyny, the uncritical look at the cult of compliance, the portrayal of autistic people as one dimensional more uncritical takes on using disabled family members as props for personal gain, serious misrepresentation of effective therapy and interventions but … Continue reading No, Bad TV Portrayals of Disability are Not Good Learning Opportunities.

Alternate Atypical: Reimagining Netflix’s Atypical if it were Written by Actually Autistic People

I have now completed watching all eight episodes of the first season (it ended on a cliff hanger so they're clearly angling for a second) of the Netflix series Atypical. It goes without saying that this post will include spoilers and quite frankly you're welcome. Now you don't have to watch it. The show is … Continue reading Alternate Atypical: Reimagining Netflix’s Atypical if it were Written by Actually Autistic People

The TARDIS is Inaccessible: Disability in Doctor Who

    This most recent season of Doctor Who has had me thinking about just how bad and limited the representation of disability has been on the show. The show which is often very socially conscious has created a universe past, present and future where disability is generally nonexistent or tokenized. This is of course … Continue reading The TARDIS is Inaccessible: Disability in Doctor Who

But Wasn’t it Nice of Them?: How Praising the Helpers Can Lead to Less Aid

But wasn't it nice of them? Shouldn't people who do things like this be rewarded? These are the questions I am often asked when I critique inspiration porn. Particularly around stories that heap praise on nondisabled people for their assistance of disabled people. The answers to these questions and their accompanying justifications are more complicated … Continue reading But Wasn’t it Nice of Them?: How Praising the Helpers Can Lead to Less Aid

When People Use Diversity to Defend Sameness in Autism Narratives

"It's just one story" or so people keep telling me when I protest the lack of diversity in both autism narratives and characters in the media. The thing is that's exactly the problem. Film and television have basically been writing fan fiction about the same autistic character in different scenarios for decades. This character is … Continue reading When People Use Diversity to Defend Sameness in Autism Narratives

But You Haven’t Seen it Yet: Why Critiquing Marketing of Future Portrayals of Disability is Important

Image Description: Promotional poster for the upcoming ABC show The Good Doctor. The title appears in blue over a grainy black and white image of half of series star Freddie Highmore's face (he is a young white man with dark hair). In contrast to the black and white, his eyes are a vibrant blue. Yesterday, … Continue reading But You Haven’t Seen it Yet: Why Critiquing Marketing of Future Portrayals of Disability is Important