Dear The Good Doctor,
I don’t know if you will ever read this letter but I wanted to say thank you for continuing the conversation of autism in our entertainment industry.
When I was 4, I was diagnosed with autism. Today after overcoming many of my challenges as an adult I now am a professional speaker and have consulted on films such as Joyful Noise and Jane Wants A Boyfriend to bring a realistic portrayal of autism and other disabilities to our entertainment industry. It all started right after my autism diagnosis. I fell in love with theater so my parents got involved with theater therapy that was integrated into my early intervention plan. I fell in love with it, and after acting for over 15 years, I decided that a new dream of mine would to be a part of your industry to help educate others about those with special needs.
Over the past few months, I have reached out to your team on social media and by other channels in the hopes of hearing back from a member of your team, even if not to collaborate, to say thank you for making this show a reality. I know your team must be busy though so I completely understand not hearing back.
I’ve been interested in your show since seeing that some of the creative team behind “House” would be involved. From the trailers I’ve watched I’m excited to see how you portray the character of Dr. Shaun Murphy. Several of the trailers have already mentioned autism and I can only hope autism will be portrayed in a realistic light.
In any case, all I can say is thank you. I don’t know if I will ever have the opportunity to consult for your show but I can only wish you the best. I hope your show will spotlight autism in a positive light (like I hope Atypical who will feature a 18-year-old high school student with autism) and will make a difference in the lives of countless. I wish you nothing but the best.