What is one thing that movies or television is always wrong about autism?

Updated on : December 6, 2021 by Braden Chen



What is one thing that movies or television is always wrong about autism?

It is always presented the same way.

always a young, white, cis-het, distant, precocious and capable man. Almost every time. And his personality is as dry as the autism list in the DSM tome. It's like people clinging to a stereotype and forgetting to give it a real personality.

And forget about teaching him how not to be a troublesome sexist brat. And forget that there are more than white cishet boys / teens. It is not representative at all for real autistics. And most of the plot revolves around his allistic compassion and his inability to get a date. Ugh, snore. I have another po

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It is always presented the same way.

always a young, white, cis-het, distant, precocious and capable man. Almost every time. And his personality is as dry as the autism list in the DSM tome. It's like people clinging to a stereotype and forgetting to give it a real personality.

And forget about teaching him how not to be a troublesome sexist brat. And forget that there are more than white cishet boys / teens. It is not representative at all for real autistics. And most of the plot revolves around his allistic compassion and his inability to get a date. Ugh, snore. However, I have another post where I crafted this better.

here is the previous post with a more detailed answer.

How do people on the autism spectrum feel about characters on TV or in movies that are supposed to be on the spectrum as well? Are any of them depicting you accurately, offensive, or just ridiculous and inaccurate?

That all autistic people are the same and have the same symptoms such as stimming or some other behavior. And that they are mentally incapable of helping themselves. When you've met someone with autism, you've only met them. They group people with autism as black, no matter the big ones, a bad one does something, society and the media push them all together like a sandwich and they all suffer. Get out in your local community, volunteer to help. I made the adults I met phenomenal and kind people who wanted a chance to work there, ideal jobs without the B

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That all autistic people are the same and have the same symptoms such as stimming or some other behavior. And that they are mentally incapable of helping themselves. When you've met someone with autism, you've only met them. They group people with autism as black, no matter the big ones, a bad one does something, society and the media push them all together like a sandwich and they all suffer. Get out in your local community, volunteer to help. I did it. The adults I met were phenomenal and kind people who wanted the opportunity to work there in ideal jobs without a bachelor's degree. They are like everyone who has a flaw or two, but who doesn't have a flaw or three? I hope this helps

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