Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 635–636 | Cite as

Pros and Cons of Character Portrayals of Autism on TV and Film

  • Anders Nordahl-HansenEmail author
  • Roald A. Øien
  • Sue Fletcher-Watson
Letter to the Editor


Portrayals of characters with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or with autistic traits on film and in TV-series are increasing. Such portrayals may contribute in increasing awareness of the condition but can also increase stereotypes. Thus, these character portrayals are subject to heated debate within the ASD-community, but also in the general public at large. Following our recent published study on character portrayals of ASD on film and TV we here address some central issues related advantages and disadvantage of such portrayals.


Autism spectrum disorders Film TV-series Awareness Stereotypes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special Needs EducationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUiT – The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway
  3. 3.Child Study CenterYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  4. 4.The Patrick Wild CentreUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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