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6th Mar '17 3:37:43 PM Tightwire
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In RealLife, autism is a complex neurological disorder that can impair the autistic individual's social skills among other areas, as detailed in our UsefulNotes for UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome and UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism. While there are more males than females diagnosed with autism, there are plenty of autistic women and girls out there, with some research showing that autism rates in both sexes are about the same. Also, autism affects adults as well as children and many autistic adults are verbal, work, go to college, or live on their own. Furthermore, autistic people in RealLife are well, [[ShapedLikeItself portrayed by autistic people]].

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In RealLife, autism is a complex neurological disorder that can impair the autistic individual's social skills among other areas, as detailed in our UsefulNotes for UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome and UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism. While there are more males than females diagnosed with autism, there are plenty of autistic women and girls out there, with some research showing that autism rates in both sexes are about the same. Also, autism affects adults as well as children and many autistic adults are verbal, work, go to college, or live on their own. Furthermore, autistic people in RealLife are are, well, [[ShapedLikeItself portrayed by autistic people]].



It is most common for an autistic character to be a child and if he is an adult, he's most likely to be TheRainMan or the IdiotSavant or otherwise totally unable to live what most people would call a normal life.

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It is most common for an autistic character to be a child and if he is an adult, he's most likely to be TheRainMan or the IdiotSavant or otherwise totally unable to live what most people would call a normal life.
life. They're also portrayed by actors, who wouldn't actually know what it's like to be autistic.
23rd Dec '16 6:15:24 PM MitchellProductions
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* ''Manga/WithTheLight'' focuses on a mother raising her autistic son, Hikaru, in modern-day Japan. However, far from being an unrealistic portrayal, this is a massive [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of HollywoodAutism. Hikaru develops different talents such as cooking, mixing colors, and memorizing train schedules, and goes to a regular school. However, he is still clearly disabled by his autism, such as that he is unable to cope with loud noises and is in the special education program at school. The author's ultimate goal for the story was for Hikaru to realize his parents' hopes for him to be "a cheerful working adult"; sadly, AuthorExistenceFailure meant that it ended as he was adjusting to junior high.

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* ''Manga/WithTheLight'' focuses on a mother raising her autistic son, Hikaru, in modern-day Japan. However, far from being an unrealistic portrayal, this is a massive [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of HollywoodAutism.Hollywood autism. Hikaru develops different talents such as cooking, mixing colors, and memorizing train schedules, and goes to a regular school. However, he is still clearly disabled by his autism, such as that he is unable to cope with loud noises and is in the special education program at school. The author's ultimate goal for the story was for Hikaru to realize his parents' hopes for him to be "a cheerful working adult"; sadly, AuthorExistenceFailure meant that it ended as he was adjusting to junior high.
6th Nov '16 11:41:35 AM aradia22
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* A similar character is Bryce introduced in season 3 of ''Series/{{Younger}}'' who is a parody of young tech entrepreneurs. He constantly interjects that he's "on the spectrum" but it seems to be an excuse for rude behavior. There is never any confirmation that he's actually autistic beyond him saying it. He is portrayed as analytical and practical with an indifference to other people's feelings, which he claims to be unable to interpret. However, he also has a fragile ego and seems aware of when he has offended someone because he usually responds by saying he's "on the spectrum."
6th Nov '16 8:44:06 AM Ymirsdaughter
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* The short documentary ''Autism Every Day'', produced by Autism Speaks, has footage of misbehaving autistic children and their parents talking about how terrible their lives are with their autistic children. There is so much said about autistic children making life difficult for the parents that it is hard to come up with a standout quote to put here. One thing especially notable about this piece, though, is the mother who says that she was sitting in a car for 15 minutes and had contemplated driving off a bridge, [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]] [[OffingTheOffspring and her autistic daughter]], but didn't because she had a non-autistic child, and said it with barely any significant emotion in such a way that makes it seem like she had said it enough times before that it no longer quite registered as shocking in her mind.

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* The short documentary ''Autism Every Day'', produced by Autism Speaks, has footage of misbehaving autistic children and their parents talking about how terrible their lives are with their autistic children. There is so much said about autistic children making life difficult for the parents that it is hard to come up with a standout quote to put here. One thing especially notable about this piece, though, is the mother who says that she was sitting in a car for 15 minutes and had contemplated driving off a bridge, [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]] [[OffingTheOffspring and her autistic daughter]], but didn't because she had a non-autistic child, and said it with barely any significant emotion emotion. In the clip you can see her seven-year-old autistic daughter in the background, and if you pay attention you can see that the girl's movements correspond to the mother's words in such a way that makes it seem like you know she had understands what's being said it enough times before (about as well as any seven-year-old would). Even more notable in that it no longer quite registered as shocking apparently nobody called CPS on her, and she left Autism Speaks after this.
** Another thing is that the parents
in her mind.the film were told to discontinue any medications and therapy for several weeks prior to filming, to "show what it's 'really' like". Given how the children struggle, this is clearly child abuse.
6th Nov '16 6:20:53 AM LB7979
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** Recent research suggests that in autistic individuals, [[http://www.autism.org.uk/about/behaviour/sensory-world.aspx their brain filters out]] [[https://iancommunity.org/ssc/noise-sensitivity-autism less (sensory) signals]], so too much signals get through. Which would actually make the above quote strikingly correct.
5th Oct '16 12:33:35 PM BonsaiForest
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* ''Manga/WithTheLight'' focuses on a mother raising her autistic son, Hikaru, in modern-day Japan. However, far from being an unrealistic portrayal, this is a massive [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of HollywoodAutism. Hikaru develops different talents such as cooking, mixing colors, and memorizing train schedules, and goes to a regular school. However, he is still clearly disabled by his autism, such as that he is unable to cope with loud noises and is in the special education program at school. The author's ultimate goal for the story was for Hikaru to realize his parents' hopes for him to be "a cheerful working adult"; sadly, AuthorExistenceFailure meant that it ended as he was adjusting to junior high.
5th Oct '16 12:29:26 PM BonsaiForest
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[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/WithTheLight'' focuses on a mother raising her autistic son, Hikaru, in modern-day Japan. He develops different talents such as cooking, mixing colors, and memorizing train schedules, and goes to a regular school. However, he is still clearly disabled by his autism, such as that he is unable to cope with loud noises and is in the special education program at school. The author's ultimate goal for the story was for Hikaru to realize his parents' hopes for him to be "a cheerful working adult"; sadly, AuthorExistenceFailure meant that it ended as he was adjusting to junior high.
19th Aug '16 11:14:26 PM CaptEquinox
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** To make matters worse, Jacob isn't portrayed consistently, but instead switches from low-functioning to aspie-ish symptoms. For someone who knows ''anything'' about the real Autism Spectrum, the obvious [[PlayedForDrama artistic license]] reads as offensive misinformation.

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** To make matters worse, Jacob isn't portrayed consistently, but instead switches from low-functioning to aspie-ish symptoms. For someone who knows ''anything'' about the real Autism Spectrum, the obvious Although it's [[PlayedForDrama artistic license]] reads as offensive misinformation.there really are "high functioning" or "Aspie type" autistics who can at times appear "low functioning" and vice versa, depending on amount of sensory overload and a variety of other factors, and many autistics today question the "high" and "low" business.
4th Jul '16 11:23:19 AM Josef5678
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In contrast, the pop cultural representation of autism, called HollywoodAutism, which is [[AlwaysMale most likely to be portrayed as male]] and by a non-autistic person, especially in LiveActionTV and {{Film}}.

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In contrast, the pop cultural representation of autism, called HollywoodAutism, Hollywood Autism, which is [[AlwaysMale most likely to be portrayed as male]] and by a non-autistic person, especially in LiveActionTV and {{Film}}.



Characters with HollywoodAutism are commonly LiteralMinded and may be {{Insufferable Genius}}es. This character may also be a Cloudcuckoolander. Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. If the exact disorder the character has is not explicitly spelled out, see AmbiguousDisorder.

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Characters with HollywoodAutism Hollywood Autism are commonly LiteralMinded and may be {{Insufferable Genius}}es. This character may also be a Cloudcuckoolander. Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. If the exact disorder the character has is not explicitly spelled out, see AmbiguousDisorder.
15th Apr '16 9:03:08 PM CaptEquinox
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%%* Simon is outright stated to be autistic in ''Film/MercuryRising''. He deciphers a code published in a puzzle magazine and calls the phone number it reveals. Unfortunately it's the NSA, which targets the boy and his parents for termination. Special Agent Jeffries (Bruce Willis) protects the child.

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%%* * Simon Lynch is outright stated to be autistic in ''Film/MercuryRising''. He deciphers a code published in a puzzle magazine and calls the phone number it reveals. Unfortunately it's the NSA, which targets the boy and his parents for termination. Special Agent Jeffries (Bruce Willis) protects the child.
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