TBI Weekly: Embracing autism & disability representation

They talk about different TV shows from around the world that focus on neurodiversity and people with different disability’s in their shows

TBI Weekly: Embracing autism & disability representation

Authentic on-screen representations of disability and neurodiversity are, on the whole, few and far between. Despite global discourse around inclusivity in recent months, instances of tokenism or disabled characters being utilised for ‘teachable moments’ are still prevalent.

Love On The Spectrum is a reality dating series, which was produced for Australia’s ABC network by Sydney-based Northern Pictures and now streams globally on Netflix. 

Keshet International’s drama format The A Word, about a family coming to terms with their child’s autism spectrum diagnosis, has helped to bring a personal tale about autism to a wide, international audience.

British children’s series Pablo, meanwhile, explores autism from a unique perspective, using animation to bring to life the inner thoughts of the titular autistic five-year-old.

Factual format Down The Road, meanwhile, is gaining ground in Europe. Created by Belgium’s Roses Are Blue and distributed by Brussels-based Primitives, the format follows six young adults with Down syndrome as they embark on an adventure-filled international road trip.

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