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Autism Rocks

Meet the boys from UK’s premier autistic rock group The AutistiX.            See video.

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Chasing Shadows

How does someone with Asperger’s fare in the workplace?       This drama was shown on ITV in September 2014.          It might give you some idea.

It is a gritty drama about a maverick who starts work at a missing person’s unit.        You can view a trailer and a free rough and ready Youtube version of episode one.            See Youtube right margin for other episodes.              There is also a DVD version.

Holby Cityhospital-ward

Have you noticed the character Jason Haynes in the TV hospital drama series Holby City?         The National Autistic Society has been actively working with researchers, producers and writers.          Jason was introduced into the story line via his aunt Serena.  

The actor who plays Jason has a unique insight into what makes Jason Haynes such a special character, as he himself is a young man with Asperger’s.             See article.           In an interview he also highlights employment issues for people on the spectrum.

An oral history

Here is a brief animated video of a talk about her own development as a person with Asperger’s Syndrome that Temple Grandin gave at Colorado State University in 2008.                See article.

Atypical

Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to “Atypical,” a dark comedy about a family with an autistic son, set to star Jennifer Jason LeighVariety has confirmed.              “Atypical” landed an eight-episode order for the first season of the coming-of-age story that follows an 18-year-old with autism and his search for love and independence.                      See  Intoduction about Atypical.                     See also  viewing options  about Netflix.

Me and my Asperger’sFacbook small icon

A personal blog.                 Life in a strange world.          Me!         They call me odd, huh.         Anyway welcome to my page.         Feel free to post comments, share your thoughts and/or page.         Lincolnshire.”                     Click icon to browse:

Cattle shedTemple Grandin

This film dramatises the life story of a lady with high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome who made an academic career for herself.            She has an unusual name, Temple Grandin.               See film Preview.               There are two options:

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Seeing RedMother helps children

In this film, Sarah Lancashire takes the role of actress Coral Atkins, most well-known for her role in
A Family at War“, who left acting to open a care home for disturbed children.             Click IMDb and scroll down to find a couple of reviews.

It does not seem to be available via Amazon Prime in the UK but can be viewed on Youtube”For some unfathomable reason the film never found its way onto DVD, but knowing Coral personally I
luckily recorded it when it was first shown onButton - play 19 March 2000, and without any
copyright ownership, am posting it for those who missed its original showing”.
            Click button to watch.
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Doc MartinCornish village

This has proved a popular TV drama, with repeats showing on ITV1 or ITV3.      The signs of Asperger’s in the character of Dr Martin Ellingham are hard to miss.       They are outlined and analysed on this blogspot and you can see them illustrated with video clips from the TV series, explained with text.

Opinions differ, though, as in discussion 1 and more so in discussion 2.      Things are explained by the author.      It turns out that he was supposed to have the condition but to work on changing himself for the sake of his relationship with his wife and young son.      Also, the scripts are written for entertainment, so things will not be entirely realistic.

Roy CropperRail model

Have you seen Roy Cropper on Coronation Street?

He feels at home with trains, particularly steam engines from times past.   After Hayley’s passing, Stephen found him at a museum, where he showed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the early steam
engines on display.

Since his return to his flat, his friends have found him shut away with his model railway.        It obviously means a great deal to him.

The Wikia page for the Coronation Street character describes him as, remarkably intelligent, but socially naive.    The page also suggests that Roy has Asperger’s syndrome.      This has not stopped him from making a go of his life, though.

The actor who plays Roy is married to an additional needs teacher and she suggested giving Roy Asperger’s.     Doing so transformed him into a character with long term potential.

His life with Hayley has been an enduring and popular feature of the street.      Click on  slide show  for a quick review of their story.      On the slide show page, click on the row of miniature pictures of the couple under the large picture.      Left and right arrows will appear to scroll to more pictures.

Roy’s people skills are actually quite good in some respects.      He and Hayley earned Fiz Brown’s appreciation having  fostered  her.     He acted as a  mentor  to Fiz’s brother Chesney.     Anna Windass, who works in his cafe, also gets on well with him.      Recently she confided in him that she was carrying a secret that she felt unable to share with anyone and he advised her that it would eat her up if she did not tell her boyfriend, Owen.