“Broken Normals”

This debate that is summed up in the video below is pretty much the epicenter of the autism world: “cure/treat” versus acceptance.

It is what separates the different therapeutic approaches, the location and allotment of funding, and cultural response with regards to autism. Do we aim to “fix” autism, or do we aim to accept autism? While I personally come from the angle of acceptance, a sizable chunk of the autism therapeutic community thinks otherwise, and that is evident in where the money is going.

At some point as a society, we accepted other forms of neurodiversity and assimilated them into the flock. Even though discrimination is still present, and laws to protect are still needed, we overall moved past the need to completely erase certain conditions. It took a LOT of work, though, and the fight continues today. I wonder when we will get to that point with autism, and how much education and acceptance it will take.

I may do a much longer post on this subject later, or maybe even a series. Heaven knows the subject deserves it. For now, this is a brief look into it.

VICE News: “Broken Normals”

The Good Doctor

Finally got a moment to post something in-between packing, trashing, and donating stuff! I’m still nowhere near done with a week left…amazing how much stuff you can accumulate over time.

Anyway, below is the trailer for the fall ABC show, The Good Doctor. It is a remake of a South Korean show of the same name, which I also included a snippet of. There is an apparent discussion on which looks to be better (with the SK one winning so far), so I wanted to put examples of both.  I will say that the ABC trailer made me track down the Korean one, and now I want to watch that one! Maybe once I’m settled in LA…

I think this will make for a very nice look into how two cultures, Korean and American, approach autism in the workplace (especially in a role as critical as that of a doctor). I’m looking forward to checking them out!

Have any of you seen the Korean drama The Good Doctor? Any thoughts on the American remake? What do you guys think of both shows?

About the “Shutting Down” Video

So first, if you haven’t seen the Seriously TV “Shutting Down BS about Autism” segment, here it is:

This video caused a firestorm in the comments on both Facebook and YouTube. It wasn’t necessarily because of any factual information that was or was not presented (although that came up as well), but about the fact that many autistic adults felt that Avery, who has autism and is in the still shot above, was not given much opportunity to really speak. His dad’s segments were often cut in over Avery’s. Dylan, who runs these segments, explained that he wanted to make sure the message got across and that it may have been difficult doing this with Avery alone. His explanation, as you can guess, did not ease the firestorm.

My take: I have seen other channels do this much better with regards to letting autistic people “shut down the BS” themselves (see BBC’s Three video “Things Not To Say To An Autistic Person”). Granted, these are all people who are very much verbal, but it is a step up from the Seriously TV attempt. Even better is basically any interview with Carly Fleischmann, who is considered severely autistic and cannot speak (she uses a keyboard). Better still? The countless blogs and vlogs from autistic people themselves; those are first hand accounts at their best, and they run the gamut as far as diversity on the autism spectrum. A couple of my neurodiverse followers with awesome blogs include: David Snape and Friends, Anonymously Autistic, and Neurodivergent Rebel.

Bottom line is that I understand what Dylan was trying to do with this segment, and I think that if he can take and listen to the feedback, he could make this into an amazing series. Personally, reading the feedback made me think quite a bit about my own business and how to avoid those same pitfalls.

What do you all think? Did the “Shutting Down” video completely miss the mark? What about the BBC Three one?