How Can We Improve Media Representations of Autism?

What do you like about how autism is represented in the media?

What do you NOT like about how autism is represented in the media?

How can media content creators better involve autistic people in the process of developing media?

  • Media creators should employ autistic people as writers, actors, technicians and in other roles helping to create autistic characters. Rather than just having one isolated autistic character in each show, thus magnifying the sense that autistic people are different from “the norm,” diverse communities of people should be represented.
  • Greater representation of non-speaking autistic people is needed. Autistic characters should be as complex as any other character, with autism one aspect of their multifaceted identities. Autistic characters should have opportunities to succeed and to fail, to help and to be helped, and autistic people should play a central role in helping to create them.

Kristen Gillespie-Lynch

Nicholas Tricarico

Billy Pinkava

Bella Kofner

Jin Delos Santos

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