April - Autism Awareness Month
I have Aspergers, and I feel that Autism needs to be made more aware of! I’m constantly sick of hearing, “But, you don’t ‘look’ like you have Aspergers” or “you act normal” and my favourite , “Woah, can you catch that, is it a disease?!”
It can be known as an invisible disability, because not everyone affected by an ASD physically looks any different than anyone else, and having Aspergers doesn’t make me any different than anyone else either.
As a person with Asperger’s, I’ve noticed more and more television characters that I relate to. Some of these characters have never been publicly confirmed to have Asperger’s, but as someone with it, I’m watching with an especially trained eye. Although there are plenty of mainstream characters to choose from, these are a few in particular who are worthy of mention and analysis. They run the gamut from characters who are true to the autism experience to those who make a cruel mockery of it. Let’s take a look at how television is defining these characters.