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How television is finally waking up to its autism problem

All too typical: Atypical, on Netflix
All too typical: Atypical, on Netflix Credit: Netflix

This is a familiar story: as a teenager, instead of being diagnosed as autistic, I was told I was “quirky."

When I was finally diagnosed at 21 years old, the world tuned into the same wavelength. A drama about a family adjusting to a child’s autism diagnosis, The A Word, debuted on BBC One. Pablo, a children's series about an autistic boy who draws imaginary friends with magic crayons to help him navigate everyday life, aired on Cbeebies. Sesame Street introduced an autistic muppet. And Atypical, a Netflix original series described by Netflix as “a coming of age story that follows Sam, a 19-year-old on the autism spectrum as he searches for love and independence” launched all eight episodes of...

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