Sia’s new movie “Music” has just joined the long list of films that embarrassingly contribute to the under representation of actually autistic people in media. On November 19th, Sia released the trailer for her film, “Music” depicting the neurotypical, able bodied actress Maddie Ziegler playing the role of Music, a non speaking autistic girl. Autism and disability is heavily under represented in media, with GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” report in 2019 stating that the number of characters with a disability on TV was 3.1%. Additionally, in 2016, a study was released, by Ruderman White Paper, that stated 95%…

A screenshot from the show Atypical, Sam the main character sits in the centre, pointing forward, with his family around him
A screenshot from the show Atypical, Sam the main character sits in the centre, pointing forward, with his family around him

Atypical was exciting to discover in 2017, as a young autistic person myself, I thought finally people were going to see autistic people and love us. Unfortunately, I could only get through one episode before turning it off and feeling a strong sense of dread of what this show would teach its large viewer base. In GLAAD’s “Where Are We on TV” report, it is noted that characters with disabilities on broadcast programming dropped from 1.4% in 2014–15 to 0.9% the following season, and with 95% of disabled actors being portrayed by able bodied actors, it is clear that we…

Social Media’s Autism Problem

Autism on social media is dominated by non autistic people.

As an autistic person myself, something I’ve noticed recently and have been really frustrated by is how heavily the conversation of autism online, that is viral content and widely viewed, rather than being content from actual autistic people, it is absolutely overwhelmed by non autistic people with a damaging rhetoric. …

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