Many tuned into BBCS new drama series on Tuesday- The A Word. The drama is based on a family’s realisation and struggles when they are given a diagnosis for their (very cute) little boy. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but the little one has autism- lack of communication skills, an amazing talent for remembering SO many songs and a need to remain in his own little bubble.
I really wanted to watch the series because any representation of Autism is important nowadays. It’s coming up to National Autism Awareness Week and therefore we really need to start raising awareness and spreading positivity around this who have it. It’s not a disease; autism allows people to see the world completely differently. People who have Autism are on a scale, some of their behaviours might be quite similar but each person is so so unique. So unique that I actually find them fascinating. Their memories, their skill sets, their talents- definitely something we should be exploring, not ignoring.
There has been some criticism of ‘The A Word’ so far which baffles me as we are one episode in. It also baffles me because people are saying it doesn’t represent Autism overall- that would be impossible. This is just one viewpoint and one story and one family. Everyone’s story is different. Everyone’s struggles are different. Everyone’s experiences are different. Why take a negative stance on something that’s raising awareness? We should embrace it and be proud of it.
For me, I found it a very emotional hour. It took me right back to when my brother was diagnosed with his autism. I remember sitting in a number of offices and doctors surgeries as a child and watching my brother do different tests, moving toys around and from what I thought at the time- having fun. Little did I know, he was being assessed and diagnosed for something that would change his life forever. My brother is now 28, living in assisted accommodation and generally doing very well. Employment is a while different story- a very challenging on but it made me happy to see something on TV showing Autism. Things have come on a long way in the past few years; specialist schools, more awareness raised, earlier diagnosis in comparison to what it used to be. We still have a long way to go though and therefore, I see this as a great thing.
I seriously recommend everyone to watch it. If you know someone with Autism, you can relate to it. If you don’t know someone with Autism then you will learn something from it. There are a few documentaries and dramas about similar subjects that I’ll be watching and writing about so stay tuned. Let’s continue to embrace people who see the world differently- we might even learn something from them.
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