The Good Doctor Continues to Infantalize its Autistic Character

After watching the second episode of the new ABC series The Good Doctor (you can read my thoughts on the pilot here), I am left wondering if Dr Shaun Murphy could possibly have gone to medical school. He has a vast understanding of certain aspects of medicine and biology but no real comprehension of practical … Continue reading The Good Doctor Continues to Infantalize its Autistic Character

The Good Doctor Lives Up to Expectations as Stereotypical Inspiration Porn

Yesterday the new ABC drama The Good Doctor premiered. I have had my concerns about the show ever since I first saw the trailer in May. All of my concerns have now been validated. The show's portrayal of autism is deeply stereotypical and like so many portrayals of autism centres around an essentially magical autistic … Continue reading The Good Doctor Lives Up to Expectations as Stereotypical Inspiration Porn

#KiehlsxAutismSpeaks: Buying Face Cream won’t Help Autistic People & Neither will Autism Speaks

    There is so much wrong with the #KiehlsxAutismSpeaks campaign that I hardly know where to begin. The campaign has two components, the first is a consumer component which donates a portion of sales to Autism Speaks. The second is a social media campaign which raises money based on the number of shares a … Continue reading #KiehlsxAutismSpeaks: Buying Face Cream won’t Help Autistic People & Neither will Autism Speaks

#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

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