Have you seen the show “Parenthood” that features Max Kellerman, a young boy with autism? The producer of that show Jason Katim, is back to bring Amazon Studios a new comedy drama based on the Israeli show ‘On the Spectrum.’
Katim told Deadline, :Having a 23-year-old son on the spectrum, it is deeply personal for me to get to tell this unique story.” The TV show (that doesn’t have a release date yet but will come out on Amazon Prime Video) will follow three 20-year-old roommates who are all on the autism spectrum. The autistic actors include Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien and Albert Rutecki.
A reason I’m excited to check this out is the importance of representation of autism in the entertainment world. The Ruderman Foundation did a study a few years ago saying only 1% of disabled actors were actually playing disabled characters on Television. To see 3 actually autistic actors playing characters with autism is a huge step forward.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our country and these projects in particular helped educate the world about our community. I have worked as an autism entertainment consultant on Joyful Noise, Jane Wants A Boyfriend (which looks at a young woman with autism trying to find love in NYC) & HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher to bring a realistic portrayal of autism to our entertainment industry.
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